We have to balance the car news out it can’t just be all about high performance cars with lower centers of gravity, better efficiency and more power available in limited numbers at an exorbitant cost to the privileged few. No that doesn’t mean we will feature the Nissan e-NV 200, we shall never give in.
We must at least aim to put a comma into a sentence, however the Honda Type R needs no comma and can be brought by any one willing to pay between £29k and £32k depending on which version you go for.
You see the Honda Type R is relativity affordable, however the days of a hot hatch being blazing cheap are gone. These days hot hatches are getting quite sophisticated and sophistication comes at a price.
Honda aren’t holding back on the bragging rights saying the Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge.
Civic Type R is powered by an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures that will leave its rivals puffing and panting.
Peak power output is 305 bhp at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model.
All this power is concentrated onto the front wheels and accessed by a six speed gearbox which allows the Civic Type R to set a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and reach a claimed top speed of 167mph. That’s insane even for a Civic.
To ensure the Civic remains planted at speed Honda enigineers subjected the Type R to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development through the use of computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing.
The Type R has an almost flat underside to better manage air flow, a rear diffuser and rear wing which are all optimised to create downforce and ensure trouble free high speed stability. Not that potential onwers would go on to break the speed laws.
Honda developed a new four-point Adaptive Damper System specifically for the Type R, an advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic’s suspension set up, enhancing high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel.
At the rear, Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam suspension is constructed with a bespoke ‘crushed pipe’ which improves rear roll rigidity by 180 per cent, further enhancing stability in high-speed corners.
As with all modern day cars you now get a driving mode function which essentially controls the steering, engine and torque mappings at a press of the button for a more aggressive shot in the arm.
The Type R will also be offered with an optional GT Pack which adds more head turning features such as signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters, kicking stereo system and a host of other luxuries and driver assist technologies.
So now you want to know how much this will all cost, as we said at the start £29k for the entry level version and with the GT pack it comes in a whopping £32k or £300 on a PCP plan.