Powerful, high-revving engines, race car responses and lightweight design are just a few of the attributes that have made Honda Type R legendary among the world’s car fans. Years spent developing high-performance cars for both the racetrack and the road has led to a succession of the best drivers’ cars in the world. And now you can enjoy the culmination of this unparalleled experience – pre-order the 2017 Honda Civic Type R from Brayleys now.
A Japanese domestic market (JDM) model, the Mk2 NSX Type R was for a long time the pinnacle of Honda Type R. Many would argue that it still is now. Featuring a 3.2-litre V6 with 276bhp (although it’s commonly believed that this was a conservative figure), it weighed just 1270kg thanks to the removal of all unnecessary items and the use of lightweight Recaro seats and thinner glass. Its rear-wheel-drive, mid-engined layout combined with motorsport-inspired modifications means this is often named as one of the best drivers’ cars ever, and it is now highly collectable.
The DC2 Integra Type R is a true legend amongst Type R fans – and indeed petrolheads in general. The UK version had a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine that revved to 8,700rpm and produced no less than 190ps, while its handling was scalpel sharp thanks to features like thinner windscreen glass and lightweight alloys that gave it a kerb weight of little more than 1,100kg. It’s often voted one of the best-handling front-wheel-drive cars, which says all you need to know.
While the third-generation Civic Type R was a hatchback for the European market, in Japan it became a saloon. That meant it could be longer and wider, and therefore more stable. It was also more extreme than the UK version, with 225ps as opposed to 201ps, and it had a limited-slip differential, independent rear suspension and larger Brembo brakes. And because of its extensive use of lightweight aluminium and other weight-saving measures, despite being bigger it was still lighter than the UK model. As a result, it was quicker on the track than the second-generation Integra Type R.
It may not be the most extreme or racetrack-focused Type R, but the Accord deserves its place on this list for its sublime handling balance and Q car appeal thanks to those understated looks (rear wing not included). With a naturally aspirated 2.2-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine that produced 212ps @ 7,200rpm, a limited-slip differential, uprated suspension and bigger brakes, it was a true wolf in sheep’s clothing. And it was a European-only Type R, merely adding to the intrigue.
The newest Type R model promises to be one of the most capable and exciting yet. With 320ps and 400Nm of torque, it will of course be quicker than the previous Civic Type R. But perhaps the most exciting prospect is how well it will handle, being based on the tenth-generation Civic, which even in standard form has been developed to be a true driver’s car. With a lighter and stiffer body and a sophisticated new independent rear suspension system, the new Civic Type R is sure to be one of the best ever. Pre-order yours now at Brayleys.