We spent some time with the Civic Type R to see why it’s so good
When it revs, it roars. The Honda Civic Type R has been with us for a little while now and we decided to see for ourselves why it’s been so popular. Is this the ultimate version of the ultimate hot hatch? How does the first-ever turbocharged Civic Type R feel compared with previous versions? Your hair will stand on end. Your heart will pound. Ours did.
With so many hot hatches available it can be difficult to choose between them, but the Civic Type R has always been special. The latest version is no different and is by far the most dynamic looking and most powerful of any model before it. To see why the Civic Type R has been so well received by all of our customers, we decided to take it out for a spin and round up our top five reasons why we think you should choose the Type R.
1. The styling
Take one look at the new Civic Type R and you know it means business. With a large rear spoiler, diffuser housing two twin exhausts, large alloy wheels and purposeful front splitter, the Civic Type R is truly unique when it comes to styling. All of these extra wings are there for a reasons too; to help with downforce, to increase stability and to let everyone know that you are driving a car with serious performance.
2. The sound
Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre iVTEC petrol engine, the Type R sounds as good as it looks. With a red line of 7,000 rpm, the Civic Type R likes to rev and it sounds good doing it. From a low-end gargle as you drive through town to a powerfully poetic engine note when you're making full use of the performance, the Civic Type R adds drama with its beautiful exhaust note.
3. The power
The Civic Type R set a Nurburgring record of 7 minutes and 50 seconds, not bad for a family hatchback. This is down to the 306bhp and 400Nm of torque, meaning a 0-62mph time of just 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 167mph.
4. The interior
You’ll be spending most of your time here and it truly is special. Honda have taken the already innovative standard Civic interior and added a sense of occasion. With Type R sports seats and sporty red accents, the Type R feels like a Type R should, but with a large colour touch screen for the Multi Info Display, Honda Connect and climate control, the Type R is also comfortable and relaxing on longer journeys.
5. There’s nothing else like it
Of all the hot hatches on the market, there is nothing else like the Type R. It have the looks, power and history that makes it something truly unique. There is no way to describe the feeling of driving a Civic Type R, so we invite you to test drive one yourself.