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The most hardcore Civic ever… the Type R


WE DON’T really like waiting, but Honda has made us wait almost five years for the Civic Type R. Thankfully, the wait is over and the car made its international début. We’ve seen pictures and videos from various sources and motor shows but the car was launched to the international media on the 2nd June. We have details on this exciting new performance hatchback from Honda, right here.

The new Civic Type R is the most hardcore Type R ever produced by Honda. It uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The motor is good for around 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque. It will hit 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 270km/h. If those figures don’t impress, then we better remind you that the new Civic Type R set a lap time of just seven minutes 50 seconds around the infamous Nürburgring. For a little perspective, that’s not only the front-wheel-drive record it’s also faster than the legendary Honda NSX R. The engine also features Honda’s Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTec) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (VTC).

To keep this hot hatch stable at high speeds, the under-body of this car is almost completely flat. It also features a wide front splitter, deep side skirts, vents on the front wheel arches and a large rear wing should keep the Civic Type R glued to the road during high-speed cornering.

A new Adaptive Damper System has also been developed as well as a Duel Axis Strut front suspension system, which Honda claims will reduce torque steer by around 50 percent and enhance high-speed stability. The car also features a revised rear suspension upgrade as well as high performance Brembo brakes with four-piston callipers and 350mm drilled discs at the front.

Honda has also redesigned the high-backed sports seats for the Civic Type R, trimmed in suede-effect black and red fabric with red double stitching on the seats, which fit the body perfectly, while a modified seat frame provides driver and front-seat passenger with superlative support whether during day-to-day driving or harder cornering.

All that needs to happen now, is for the Type R to arrive in South Africa. We look forward to this car and the battle that it will have between the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R and Renault Mégane RS Trophy.

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