Honda Civic Type R
Aggressive looks, front-wheel drive, manual gearbox, 316bhp of turbocharged VTEC power, made in Britain – it has to be the Honda Type R, doesn’t it? It is, but in all-new Civic tenth-generation form. We waited eons for the current model but now just a couple of years on we have its replacement. And like every Type R before it, it’s a car that anyone considering a seriously sporty hatchback cannot afford to overlook.
So how does the new one change things? It looks… well, how a Type R should look. There’s a lot to take in but under the lights at Geneva, it does look the business. As a new-gen model it brings with it a round of improvements denied the outgoing car, from a new interior and much-improved dashboard, to a stiffer chassis, better aerodynamics and revised suspension. Will the new one handle its power as effectively as the old one? We look forward to finding that out.
At 316bhp it has 10 more horses than before, and the same 295 lb-ft of torque. There are no acceleration times yet but we expect small improvements – Honda will be wanting to keep the new Type R at the front of the hot hatch pack, including at the Nurburgring where it will be keen to reclaim the front-drive record from VW. It sure won’t have things all its own way, though (see below…)
0-62mph: in 5.7 seconds (outgoing car)
How much: £30,000 (outgoing car)