2018 Honda Civic Type R
- 25th September 2018 by SGDriver
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The Civic Type R is a very impressive new Honda , Civic Type R won the comparison test when pitted against both the Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI Type RA plus a VW Golf R
The Type R benefits from additional adhesives in key areas to enhance the unibody’s strength. It also receives specialized Type R -only suspension components: unique rear multilink setup and bushings and dual-axis struts up front that effectively separate the steering from the suspension, and this mechanical solution effectively eliminates the power-induced torque-steer effect that often plagues powerful front-wheel-drive cars. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four makes an honest 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Just fantastic!
Currently, Honda doesn’t offer any options on the Civic Type R. It comes with LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights; deeply bolstered racing-style front seats and two rear buckets; push-button start; cruise control; auto up/down front windows; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; voice-compatible navigation; a 7.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen; 12-speaker (including subwoofer) 540-watt audio system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Bluetooth compatibility and SiriusXM; HD radio; 1.5- and 1.0-amp USB ports; and Honda Link with apps, Pandora, and SMS text compatibility.
The Type R’s interior is much-improved in terms of build quality and practicality, with a slick new digital driver’s display and touch screen infotainment system. The infotainment system isn’t as impressive as what you will find in the latest Volkswagen Golf R and GTi models however. That said, the Type R’s interior is hugely impressive, with gorgeous body-hugging suede bucket seats, carbon-fibre effect trim and red stitching throughout the cabin. It is incredibly practical by hot hatch standards too, with plenty of room to accommodate four passengers in comfort and a capacious 420 litre boot, but there isn’t a middle seat in the rear which means it only has four seats.
The Type R gets from 0-100 km/h inf 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 280km/h. Its brakes are strong, as well, with repeated stops from 100km/h in just 30 metres.
The new Honda Civic Type R is the perfect example of what a great hot hatch should be. It blends intoxicating performance with breath-taking handling and standout styling, yet it is still practical and comfortable enough to cope with daily commuting. A driver’s car through and through, the Type R excites like few other cars can, and dare we say, it is probably our favourite front wheel drive car to date. While the Type R isn’t as quick off the mark as some of its rivals and the infotainment isn’t as impressive, we’ll forgive it for this, as it is offers one of the best driving experiences of any car on the market right now.