The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has yet to be officially launched stateside but its already setting records and has already touched so many lives in meaningful way.
Honda has drummed up hype for the Civic Type R very nicely by not only setting the record for the most expensive Civic sold in an auction but by also donating every cent of the sale to its longtime beneficiary, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
On June 7, Honda together with website Bring a Trailer auctioned off the very first U.S.-spec Civic Type R with black wheels, red accents, and VIN number 01 for $200,000.
Eight days later it became the first-ever new Civic Type R sold in the United States.
Interested buyers need not shell out the same outrageous amount when the 2017 Civic Type R hits the dealerships in a few weeks.
The retail price is $33,900 excluding delivery and handling, which costs $875. The new Civic Type comes with an R2.0-liter turbocharged engine putting out 310 PS straight to a six-speed manual transmission. It has the distinction of being the fastest front-wheel-drive car on the Nurburgring.
"We thought it would be fun to offer one lucky customer a shot at owning the first of its kind in America while benefitting the leading nonprofit solely dedicated to finding a cure for childhood brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President at American Honda Motor Co.