Everyone knows the Honda civic but not everyone know the Honda civic type r. Since 1997 that the Japanese automaker released the Type R, which is the performance version of the popular civic sedan, a lot has been said about it.
Enthusiasts would love to have their eye set on this car alone as it offered a blend of exceptional handling, analogue sensations, and a screamer of an engine to top it off. Many has criticized the design,saying its overly stylish while others have admired the craftsmanship behind the model.
The Honda civic Type R offers you speed, agility and one of the most comfortable sports seat on any modern day hatchback. its mobility and handling makes it one of if not the sportiest hatchback in the market currently.
Looking at the Type R makes you wonder if Honda took the Civic, sent it to their skunk-works, and had it buffed up to the very extreme level. They made quite a few revisions like larger openings on the bumper, a functional NACA styled duct on the hood, the wider body with flared fenders, the big wing with the vortex generators on the roof, and also the triple tailpipes sticking out the back.
The wheels on the Type R are massive 20-inches with 245/30 R20 tires; they’re so big that they actually make the big rotors up front look tiny by comparison. There’s a body kit too, but despite the carbon fiber look, this car’s body kit isn’t actually made of carbon fiber; that was a bit disappointing, I have to say.
The new tenth-generation Civic is built on a tighter and lighter aluminium alloy chassis with a multi-link rear-end that is already sporty in RS trim. The Type R further adds an adaptive suspension, modified McPherson strut front and a trick mechanical limited-slip front differential with brake torque vectoring for minimal torque while steering.
Even though its not as obvious as it should be, but if you look closer, you’ll realize that this car isn’t a 4-door sedan. The base car for the Type R is the Civic 5-door hatchback. A hatchback with such sports performance you may wonder….you wouldn’t be alone there.
A bright red logo replaces usual Honda badge to signify this car as a performance model, and that theme is taken to highlight much of the car’s edges and interior trim. That said, the Type R now relegates all its competitors to looking a little suave by comparison unless an outrageous paint option is selected.
There’s a lot of aerodynamics on display here on the Type R, with an assortment of wings, scoops, and ducts to channel the air just so around the car, some to minimize drag, others to generate meaningful amounts of down-force to keep things from getting out of hand. The fixed rear spoiler is responsible for a lot of it, and not just there to take the edge off that roof-line profile it has.
Adding to its dynamic arsenal are adaptive dampers. They have been re-tuned for the 2018 model of the Type R and are at the center of its three mode drive system that can be changed between Comfort, Sport, and ‘R+’.
Standard safety features include;
Autonomous Emergency Braking, cruise Control Intelligent/Active Collision Warning – Full Auto Brake, Digital Audio Broadcast Radio, Electric Parking Brake, Forward Collision Warning, Hill Start Assist, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist.
Despite the racing-inspired look of the interior and those reclining seats that has a cocoon-like effect when seated upon, the Type R is very comfortable, I mean very very comfortable. Any car that wears the Type R badge isn’t known for pampering their occupants.
This is simply because outright performance and creature comforts are on opposite ends of the same spectrum literally. The more performance you want to extract, the more you’ll have to sacrifice for comfort, particularly because of the car weight consideration. Yet somehow, I feel relaxed sitting in this driver’s seat, a clear contrast to some performance cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
The more you look around the cabin, the more you realize that the Type R is still a Honda Civic in every possible way. From the Power windows to the Power steering and the Civic’s nice infotainment system, the Type R typically maintained the contents of its mother trim. It even possess the same brake hold feature that’s so very useful in traffic.
Even at that though, this isn’t a stripped down Japanese street performance machine but a fully functioning automobile with all the conveniences of a top of the line Civic. However, one thing that they did delete is that pesky touch-sensitive volume control on the steering wheel buttons, which wasn’t fit for a machine where you won’t want to accidentally max out the volume while driving hard.
The back seat of the Type R is also a nice place to be too. Like the standard Civic RS sedan, you do sit a bit low and the big red racing-style seats do block the view quite a bit, but it’s still alright because there’s still plenty of legroom.
And because it’s a Type R, you get red seat belts, classy isn’t it? Being a hatchback, the trunk is also very sizeable and can be expanded by folding the rear seats. The trunk is not fully flat, but there really is plenty of room in it. There’s also a tonneau cover that retracts to the right who is very useful if you have something tall in the boot like a two tiered cake or a tall stack of books.
A little to the right side of the steering wheel of the Type R is a push to the start button, which when pushed, lightens up that engine and initiates a rather nice “gauge” ceremony. Like the Civic RS, the Civic Type R has screens instead of analog gauges. Unlike the RS, however, this Civic only comes with a short throw shifter and a titanium gear knob, just like the original.
Also, a 7.0-inch touchscreen,an audio system (with 12 loud speakers capable of producing fine tuned sound that can only be compared to your home stereo) DAB+ radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, USB and Aux all come standard on the new Type R
Engine and Transmission
Powering the new hatchback is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine producing 310 horsepower and 400Nm of torque paired with a six speed manual transmission which happens to the only transmission option offered on the new Type R. To put that in perspective, the original Type R had 185 horsepower from its 1.6 liter B16B.
The reason the new Type R is powerful is direct injection; a technology that enables a more complete burn by squirting very fine mists of fuel directly into the internal combustion chamber. That means a bit more power and better efficiency. Honda also put in a turbo too, which is probably why this engine’s output moved past the 300 horsepower mark.
- Powerful racing capabilities.
- Stunning exterior design.
- Ample interior space.
- Engine configuration is good enough.
- Not too expensive when compared to its rivals with the same performance.
- The infotainment system is not good enough.
- The design can be too childish to some people.
The price of the 2018 Honda Civic Type R has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price MSRP that starts at around $41,000. However prices might come differently from different dealers and also price in different countries are not the same.