The Environmental Protection Agency reports that there will be a version of the Honda Civic for 2017 powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This, quite obviously, is the new Civic Type R, which is coming to America for the first time in its 20-year history. Honda has yet to provide detailed fuel efficiencyspecs, but that’s no problem – the EPA beat ’em to it. Expect official ratings of 22 miles per gallon in the city, 28 on the highway and 25 combined.
Let’s put those figures into some context. The Volkswagen Golf R is a direct competitor to the Type R, and it’s rated at 23 city and 30 highway with the DSG or 22/30/25 with the 6-speed manual. Oddly, while both its city and highway figures are better than the Civic, the VW gets the same combined figure of 25 mpg. Moving up a notch, the Ford Focus RS, which is quite a bit more powerful at 350 hp and 350 lb-ft, gets EPA ratings of 19/25 and 22 combined. It’s worth noting that the Ford and VW are both all-wheel drive while the Honda is front-drive only.
If you need to brush up on your Type R knowledge, know that it’s powered by a DOHC, direct-injected, turbocharged, i-VTEC inline-four that makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Equally as noteworthy, that peak torque is available from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm, which ought to make for great fun at passing speeds on public roads. And, with its Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds, it’ll be quite quick at the track, too.