The new Honda Civic Type R has a lighter, stiffer body than before and can reach 100 kmph from standing in just 5.8 seconds, making it the fastest front wheel drive hot hatch around.
“The new Honda Civic Type R has a lighter, stiffer body than before and can reach 100 kmph from standing in just 5.8 seconds, making it the fastest front wheel drive hot hatch around.”
Still reasonably practical
Loud looks will be divisive
Infotainment could be better
Has faster four-wheel-drive rivals
While the regular Honda Civic has a friendly, universal appeal with its snazzy styling, and sensible, reliable reputation, the Type R is a different animal altogether. Powered by a 2.0l turbo-charged petrol engine, pushing out 320 bhp, with all that power going solely to the front wheels – this is not a car for the faint-hearted.
It’s loud, in just about every sense of the word – not least in its spaceship like design. If you’re after a car that commands as much attention as its on-the-road stats commands, the Type R might just be the machine for you.
Many of the exterior features that make it stand out do have a function and are not just there for styling purposes. The many holes and gaps around the bonnet and wheels are there to keep things cool and under control at speed and that ironing board wing on the back works to provide some downforce to keep it from taking off if you ever do find somewhere to hit that top speed of 272 kmph.
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