2021 Honda Civic Type R Price, Msrp, Horsepower, Release Date – The 2021 Honda Civic Type R may go down as one of Honda’s best creations, offering scintillating performance highlighted by a 306-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, a rev-matching 6-speed manual transmission and the best Honda suspension setup since the S2000 roadster.
Based on the Civic hatchback, the Type R employs structural adhesives for improved rigidity and a unique front suspension that helps reduce unwanted torque steer. The Type R’s eye-popping styling has a functional purpose, or so Honda says, increasing downforce to aid with traction.
2021 Honda Civic Type R Feature
For 2021, the Honda Civic Type R receives an updated Display Audio system with a proper volume knob and actual instead of virtual buttons. Minor interior upgrades include improved steering-wheel controls, larger cup holders and physical buttons for fan speed, while Sonic Gray Pearl is added to the exterior color palette.
2021 Honda Civic Type R Exterior And Interior
We know, we know: There’s a lot going on here. Honda claims the roofline nubs, deep front, and side extensions, the gigantic wing, and the other wild-looking styling elements on the Civic Type R actually improve aerodynamics and/or downforce. That wing, for example, is supposed to create downforce at speed, helping with cornering.
The winglets at the edge of the front bumper and side skirts help route air around the wheels to reduce drag. The vents on the front bumper help cool the brakes, and the vent on the hood cools the turbo. On one hand, the 2021 Civic Type R is still a Honda Civic.
That means there’s ample cargo space, a roomy rear seat, ergonomic near-perfection, and all the comfort and thoughtful design that’s landed the 10th-generation Civic on our Best Buy winners’ list three years running. But the Civic Type R adds red-stitched Alcantara trim on the center console and doors, and red trim surrounding the vents and other areas.
The bright red “H” on the steering wheel and key fob and the aluminum shifter are signature Type R touches. The unique manually adjusted sport seats offer up stiff side bolsters, but we wish there was more lumbar support.
2021 Honda Civic Type R Engine
A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine developing 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque powers every 2021 Honda Civic Type R. The only transmission is a slick-shifting 6-speed manual with driver-selectable rev matching, which routes power to the front wheels via a helical limited-slip differential.
With so much power running to the front wheels, torque steer would normally be an issue, but in the Type R, Honda cleverly employs the car’s unique front suspension and steering linkage to mitigate the problem. Fuel economy estimates are surprisingly good considering the Type R’s stats, which include a sub-6-second zero-to-60-mph time and a top speed of 169 mph.
All too often, “hot-rod” versions of good compact cars wind up compromising the things we liked about the compact in the first place. Not so the 2021 Honda Civic Type R. Yes, it’s quick: The 306-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder puts down power to the front wheels smoothly and, remarkably, without torque steer.
Take it to a racetrack, flip the drive mode to +R, and it’s as rewarding to drive as just about anything you could care to mention, practically egging you on to push its limits, and quicker than many of its all-wheel-drive competitors. Yet away from the track, on the daily commute, Honda hasn’t forgotten that this is a Civic. The powerful engine also pours out plentiful torque, making it easy to drive in traffic.
2021 Honda Civic Type R Price And Release Date
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2021 Honda Civic Type R is $36,595, including the $895 destination charge. With options…well, there are none, so that’s what you’ll pay.