Honda Type R
The wait is over as the Honda Civic Type R, billed as a ‘race car for the road’, is here powered by the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built.
Engineers took inspiration from the Japanese word ‘Buttigiri’, meaning ‘to break on through and leave the rest behind’, and develop a Type R that would more than live up to this high expectation of the red badge. The new Civic Type R has been engineered to deliver a dynamic, class-leading performance whether on fast roads, winding roads or the circuit. At the same time owners can also use the Civic to simply go to the shops.
The 0-to-62 mph sprint takes just 5.7 seconds and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 167 mph. Despite this, the Civic Type R achieves low CO2 emissions of just 170 g/km.
The Type R looks all very purposeful and pretty quick just standing still but the truth is that all those wings, dings, scoops and things have a real purpose. All these features optimise airflow to aid performance and stability. A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. Useful when it can ‘do’ 167mph.
The intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) includes display information specific to the Civic Type R. This is all very exciting with a G-meter (what G-Forces are you pulling?) as well as brake pressure / accelerator pedal position, boost pressure, lap time, acceleration time (0-62 mph) and even the (0-100 m or 0-1/4 mile) acceleration time.
The new Civic Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give more visual oomph. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.
Made in Swindon.
The new Honda Civic Type R will be built exclusively for Europe right here in the UK and even exported to Japan.