Honda Civic Type R Now Ten Versions Old

Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic model has reached its tenth generation, and the top alternative is the one which boasts with the Type R label. The tradition of “athletic” versions, therefore, should continue.

If we go by the appearance, then we have to say that the Civic Type R expresses strongly its dynamism upon first glance. The athletically “elaboratedˮ bodywork has received several showy elements: the chassis stands on 20-inch wheel discs wrapped in low-profile tires; the rear finishes in a wing spoiler, of which the imaginative shape would not even be shameful on a racing special.

Honda Civic Type R

With a Serial Number

You slip behind the steering wheel into a seat with the red-black leather covering and the inscription Type R. It’s anatomically well-shaped, which means it supports the body properly on a dynamic ride in curves. Thanks to its mindfully chosen thickness, the steering wheel fits very well in the palm of the hand, and the mentioned coloured combination continues on the other parts of the interior. The instrumentation has reduced the number of displays, and there can be no major objections to the ergonomics, perhaps only the display in the centre of the dashboard could be in a higher position. There is also a place on the central tunnel for a plaque that indicates the order of the produced piece. The spatial ratios are very appropriate in both the front and rear; you won’t find the well-known folding Magic Seat in the back, as the fuel tank has been moved here from under the front seats. The luggage compartment provides a sufficient capacity of 420 litres.

Honda Civic Type R

A Friendship with Dynamics

Under the bonnet is a redesigned 2.0 VTEC Turbo petrol engine with a maximum power output of 235 kW (320 hp)/6500 rpm and a torque of 400 Nm available between 2500 and 4500 rpm. This drive unit is characterized by a willingness to “go” linearly to speed and likewise by its quick reaction to command from the accelerator pedal. The Civic Type R can reach 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds from rest. The sound it makes deserves a little criticism, as we expected a more pleasant sporty sound from this sporty vehicle. On the opposite, the short gear stick with a well-shaped head, precise gear change and short shifting travel are worthy of praise. Driving the Civic Type R is really fun, and the tune-up of the chassis also contributes to this. This makes it possible to take on dynamic curves with high stability, as the Brembo brakes also hit reliably. The optional three modes offer a ride in a comfortable or expressively sporty style, so the Civic Type R can be used without difficulty in everyday operation. The manufacturer reports a combined fuel consumption of 7.7 l/100 km, if you do not put emphasis on dynamics, you can get to about 8.5 l/100 km, while with a more dynamic style consumption will be over 10 litres (here the values ​​depend on the right-foot giving commands to the engine), but this is probably not the primary question when buying a vehicle of this nature.

Honda Civic Type RText: Peter Stano, photo: Honda