So this is it, the Honda Civic Type R hot hatch with 305bhp and 400Nm of torque although we reckon it should be defined as a super hot hatch. That power is generated from a high-revving all new 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine. Peak power is delivered at 6,500rpm and it will redline at 7,000rpm.
That power is sent to the front wheels and is accessed via a six speed manual gearbox. The Civic Type R can reach 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and if you want to max it all the way then the top speed is a claimed 167mpg. Co2 emissions are… who cares!?
The Civic Type R also receives a visual make over, those side vents behind the front wheel arches are designed to cool both the engine and the four piston caliper brakes. Honda have incorporated F1 style negative lift to improve high speed stability specifically at the front.
Underneath the car is almost entirely flat and a rear diffuser further optimizes downforce effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road say Honda. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow to generate downforce on the front axle and reduce lift.
The front bumper has been designed specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and further reducing lift forces. The Type R rides on new lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels.
A new advanced suspension system and differential has been developed that reduces torque steer by as much as 50 percent. A four wheel adaptive damper system was specifically developed for the Type R. Honda also revised the rear suspension and what ever a Dual Axis Strut front suspension is we’ll believe Honda when they say its designed to improve the handling at high speeds.
There is a minus point and its the fact that the Civic Type R adopts electronic steering. Like all modern day performance cars the R Type has three driving modes, its effectively an engine limiter that increases the revs depending on which mode you opt for. The damper system also adopts this mode setting.
The interior gets a trim upgrade and the Type R is sure to come packed full of toys and tech. There is an optional GT Pack which provides a comprehensive suite of styling, convenience and safety enhancements such as rear parking, a whopping stereo system and much more besides.
Honda will also offer a number of styling / accessories packs which are purely for enhancing the look of your Civic Type R.
The Civic Type R will set you back £29k in the UK, that’s expensive for a hot hatch but less so if you are American and have no health care insurance. The latter of which is expensive.