Honda giveth and Honda taketh when it comes to US-spec Type R.
Honda captured our curiosity with the announcement of a North American Civic Type-R and now it has our attention with the news of its release date. In short: expect to wait a long time if you want to get your hands on one. How long are we talking? John Mendel, Honda’s executive vice president in the US, told AutoGuide the wait could stretch until 2018. He went on to say that he hopes the wait isn’t that long but provided no other details regarding the release.
Waiting until 2018 for a Civic Type-R would be a giant pain for sure. The 10th-generation Civic should help make the wait bearable with its focus on performance. Still, it’s a bit crappy to tell everyone that the Type R is coming and then give a potential release date that’s three years down the road. How damn hard is it to get the hot hatch from the UK (where it’s made) to the US?There is some good news, as Mendel confirmed there would be no sales cap, saying "I hope we could sell a couple thousand a month." What year that month will be in remains to be seen.