As one of the few star breeds of hot hatchbacks, it is 25 years since the first Honda Type R became a symbol for the brand and a car that has excited enthusiasts ever since. For more than two decades, the Type R badge has denoted the highest performance version of its respective model, derived from a philosophy of crafting racing–inspired road cars.
Now the fifth generation Civic Type R is available to order from Honda dealers nationwide for €51,750, with an additional €2,200 for the GT pack.
Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up. Honda has revised the existing 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO to produce 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm. Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimised engine control settings.
The smooth and precise six-speed manual transmission is further improved by a rev match control system, ensuring no compromise in the Type R’s intimate, rewarding connection with the driver.
The new Type R takes the lighter, more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback and adds further use of adhesive in key areas. Compared to the previous Type R, torsional rigidity is further improved by 38%.
The front Macpherson strut suspension of the standard hatchback is revised with new geometry to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling. At the rear, the new independent multi-link system of the standard car is improved with the use of unique high rigidity suspension arms.
Enhanced selections of driving modes give the car greater usability compared to the previous Type R. A new ‘Comfort’ setting sits alongside agile ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes. Each selection tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling and throttle response of the car on demand.
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