First introduced to the USA in June 2017, the Honda Civic Type R quickly sold out. In 2018, it’s returning, with an exceptionally low base price of $34,100 giving you a high-performance hatch with world-class handling and everyday efficiency. The Honda Civic Type R really can take you from a hot lap on the track to the primary school pick-up. Here’s a closer look:
The Honda Civic Type R represents an entirely new kind of performance car. It’s the most powerful Honda ever sold in America, with an i-VTEC 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The power is balanced optimally to allow cornering with minimal gear changes, an intercooler increasing performance and facilitating negligible turbo-lag.
With a top speed of 170mph, this front-wheel-drive performance car surprises with almost no torque-steer thanks to a well-engineered front suspension, the six-speed manual with rev-matching making any driver look like an expert. A three-outlet exhaust hints at the performance you’re going to get.
You’ll have no doubts about testing the Civic Type R’s limits with 13.8-inch diameter ventilated, cross-drilled brake rotors fitted with Brembo four-piston calipers. The rear brakes are solid 12-inch disc, and a G-force meter, lap timer and shift lights enable you with information when you’re pushing the Type R’s limits on the track.
While you do have to use premium fuel, efficiency is streets ahead of its main competition, such as the Ford Focus RS or Subaru WRX STI, at just 22 mpg in suburbia and 28 mpg on the freeway.
Safety & Practicality
With 5-star safety in side-crash and rollover tests, a rearview camera, and rear seats that fold 60/40 to open up the hatchback space giving you a practical 46.2 cubic feet, or 6-foot long, cargo space, this car is actually drivable as an everyday family vehicle. The base model has a temporary tire repair kit, but you can upgrade to a space-saving spare tire.
Cabin tech is up to date too, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto streaming via a 7-inch touchscreen that also displays navigation. The interior is red, down to the seatbelts, but comfortable. The material used is ‘suede effect’ and it’s claimed to be durable.
Carbon fiber-look trim creates contrast, with seating for four, and bolsters to ensure passengers are held stable during extreme driving. There’s also dual-zone climate control, push-button start and two USB ports to charge devices.
Passenger comfort is pretty good, though might be tight for larger backseat passengers on long trips due to the bolstering design to give the passenger stability at high-speed. The suspension setting can be adjusted for street or track, but even at the softest setting, the suspension is still pretty firm.
Riding on 20-inch black-finish aluminum wheels, with custom Continental SportContact 6 summer tires, the car hugs the ground but doesn’t go out of its way to cushion the bumps.
Who’s it for?
This is the cheapest high-performance car you can buy, so if the polarising exterior styling doesn’t put you off, this could be the car for you when you want to own just one car that does everything.
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