Let’s face it, most of us who love driving will never be able to afford a Ferrari or Lamborghini, but then that’s why there is a new Honda Civic Type-R.
Possibly the most-anticipated product for sport compact enthusiasts since the Toyota GT-86’s announcement, the latest Civic Type R is everything Honda promised. It is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque.
That’s not a big power increase over the previous Type-R, but the car is a notable improvement in other areas. It boasts a 38 percent increase in torsional rigidity and a suspension that has been retuned “to minimize torque steer and maximize sporty handling.”
A six-speed manual transmission with a rev-matching function for perfect blip-shifts channels all power to the front wheels, meaning the Civic Type R is not all-wheel-drive like the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS, its main rivals.
However, a standard helical limited-slip differential; an upgraded chassis; and a completely overhauled four-wheel adaptive suspension with a dual-axis front setup that improves grip and reduce torque steer should help even out the playing field.
There is also a new driving-mode system that helps drivers better custom-tailor ride and handling, adjusting the steering rack, shift feel, adaptive dampers, and throttle response accordingly.
Like the regular Civic hatchback, the Type R has a rather polarizing — even gaudy — appearance that many won’t be able to stomach, but its unique aero kit makes things a bit more interesting. Honda promises “best-in-class balance between lift and drag” as a result of the exterior modifications.
The Civic Type R comes fully loaded, coming with features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 540-watt premium audio system, and aggressively bolstered sport seats. For the first time ever, it will be offered in North America.
Unlike a McLaren 720S or a Ferrari 488 GTB, the Civic Type R doesn’t cost as much as a house, and you could probably afford one. The question is “Do you want one? Do you want the hottest, fastest and most powerful Civic Honda has ever made?” Let us know in the comment section below.