Offering power, capacity and head-turning looks, the Civic Type R is a pulse-quickening and desirable hot hatch. Honda’s top performer successfully blends everyday driving capabilities with undoubted racing credentials.
The Type R dazzles from every angle but its striking design is not just for show. Racing performance is a key component of many external features, such as a smart winged spoiler, a shark fin antenna and 19-inch alloy wheels. Stylish touches include the ‘TYPE R’ legend boldly emblazoned on the vehicle’s front and rear fascia, and privacy glass. Illumination is provided by front fog lamps, LED daytime running lights and an LED high-mounted brake light.
The sporty cabin features an alloy shift knob and a leather steering wheel, which is also rake-and-reach-adjustable. The latter, in conjunction with a manually adjustable driver’s seat, enables you to quickly establish your optimal position. Black roof lining complements the vehicles sports seats, which are enhanced with ersatz suede upholstery. Electric-power steering, climate-controlled air-conditioning and power-operated windows are standard inclusions.
Stowage provision comprises dashboard compartments, including a large glovebox, door bins and a 498-litre boot. When rear seats are folded flat, luggage capacity expands to an impressive 1,427 litres.
A 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 306bhp and 400Nm of torque, making the Civic Type R the highest-performing Honda in history. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, this unit thrusts the vehicle from 0-60mph in less than six seconds, and helps it to achieve a top speed of 168mph. An indication of the Type R’s prowess is its record-breaking 07:50.63 lap, achieved at Nürburgring in 2014.
The roar of the turbo-charged engine is complemented by the sounds emanating from a six-speaker sound system.
A DAB digital, AM/FM and internet-enabled radio provides a wealth of stations. Bluetooth, HDMI, USB and AUX connectivity is included too. Output from a rear-parking camera is relayed via a seven-inch touchscreen display, which also comes with app integration.
A wide range of driver aids include Vehicle Stability Assist, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Hill-Start Assist and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Passive safety features comprise ISOFIX child-seat anchor points and multiple airbags. The Type R is protected by, among other things, an engine immobiliser, an ultrasonic sensor and a security alarm.
Put the formidable Type R through its paces by booking a test drive today. You can do so via our website, by phone or in person at our Watford and Hendon showrooms.