Chatter surrounding the possibility of an entry-level Honda Civic Type R are heating up even further. New documents suggest an additional trim level is coming to the Type R family, paralleling rumors from earlier this year that the company will bring a more tuner-friendly Type R to the U.S.
The Truth About Cars uncovered NHTSA documents that list two different trim levels for the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. It’s worth explaining that for 2017 there is only one possible trim level for the Type R: the high-end Touring model. The high-end only option means the base price for the Type R is at a hefty $34,775.
Back in April rumors surfaced that the 2018 Civic Type R would arrive in two trim levels, an entry-level trim and Touring. At the time the rumors were unconfirmed by Honda (and remain so today), but we now have two independent sources saying the same thing.
Honda officials have stated on the record in the past that they aspire to grow the Type R portfolio and sales chart over time. A lower-cost version seems like a plausible means of accomplishing such goals.
The documents at least confirm that the alleged entry-level Type R is powered by the same 306 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and offers a six-speed manual gearbox. Shedding a few luxuries like the performance Continental rubber, rear wing and some creature comforts could make a sub-$30,000 Type R.
A cheaper Type R could be exactly what the tuner crowd is wanting to see; more money left over for mods.