The Honda Civic Type R was almost mythical for years until it arrived in the United States in 2017. The previous Type R was a 300+ horsepower SuperCivic with anime-style styling, including a massive wing and aerodynamic bits attached to almost every conceivable surface. It was, predictably, a success. The old Type R was never a cheap car, with a starting price of just under $38,000, but it’s still essentially a fast Civic at heart. Adding “Type R” to any Honda will cost you money.
Honda has been teasing the 2023 civic type r as the ideal car for enthusiasts for a few months now. The upcoming Type R will come standard with a stick shift, which is sure to please the entire automotive internet. 315 horsepower from the factory is also not bad. But, as with most things, there’s some bad news to go with the good: the price. The new CivicType R is quite pricey, which may be indicative of the car’s humble origins.
High price for a hot hatch
According to a Honda press release, the new Type R has an MSRP of $42,985. That’s a lot of money for a hot hatchback. In comparison, the base model of a new Civic hatchback costs only $25,450. The Type R is the most powerful production car Honda has ever offered in the United States, according to the company. It is also the most expensive, out-pricing the Passport, the brand’s previous most expensive regular production car.
According to Honda, the “Civic Type R continues to offer exceptional high-performance value with a starting MSRP of $42,895” It may be the best “value” when it comes to supercars, but it may be difficult to sell in its actual segment. The Corolla GR, Toyota’s compact speed demon, starts at $35,900. At over $700 more than the Toyota, the Type R better absolutely destroy the Corolla on the track — where the cheaper car has already demonstrated its abilities.
Honda says the new Type Rs will be available at Honda dealers starting tomorrow. But, given how dealership pricing works these days, good luck getting a Type R for anything close to its already exorbitant MSRP.