2021 Honda Civic Type R for Sale in West Warwick, RI
Automotive redesigns are always exciting – at least to their manufacturer. But some are more worthy of headlines than others. The 2020 Honda Civic Type R was one of those, as it returned revamped with updated mechanics and more standard equipment. But what really has the Honda Motor Company thrilled is the upcoming release of the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition. There’s no denying that the regular Civic Type R is a special car – after all, it set the world-record front-wheel-drive lap time at Nürburgring in 2017. But the Limited Edition is even more special. It’s marked by lighter weight and other improvements that Honda engineers made to the model after the Renault Mégane RS ousted it from that top speed spot by not even 3 full seconds at the 2019 event. Let’s run through the details of the Special Edition’s most captivating qualities.
Put the Emphasis on “Limited”
If you just have got to have the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition, you’ll have to be determined to make it happen because there simply won’t be that many available. Honda plans to produce a mere 1,000 units, with only 600 of those sold in America. The balance of the production run will go to Canada (100), Europe (100), and, of course, Japan (200). Each will have a numbered Limited Edition plaque and the same paint color: Phoenix Yellow Metallic. The side mirrors, hood scoop, and roof will all be black. If you manage to secure one, it’s sure to be the only one on your block.
Built for Speed
A reduction in pounds is the place to start when a faster track time is the ultimate goal. The 2021 Civic Type R Special Edition gets a lighter wheel option along with the elimination of some stuff that a driving enthusiast won’t miss. That list includes sound-deadening materials, the tonneau cover, and rear ducts for the climate control system (the 400 units headed outside of the U.S. will also lack air-conditioning and the infotainment system to shave off 24 more pounds). Although road noise will be heightened with the sound insulation gone, engine noise will be amplified by the car’s Active Sound Control feature, which brings more engine sound to the driver’s ears (the amount of that roar will change according to the drive mode).
The same equipment changes that mark the 2020 Civic Type R’s new incarnation carry over to the 2021 Limited Edition. The two-piece brake rotors weigh less and resist damaging heat at high speeds, and improved for the suspension software continuously delivers ten times more data to the dampers. The lower ball joints have been fine-tuned for reduced friction, and the rear control-arm bushings have been made stiffer for even better handling.
The Limited Edition will have the identical powertrain as the 2020 Honda Civic Type R: a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 306 hp at 6500 rpm and 295 pounds-feet of torque (at 2500 to 4500 rpm). The sole available transmission is a six-speed manual. For what it’s worth to the 1,000 future lucky owners of this performance coupe, the EPA has rated its fuel economy at 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.