Honda - Civic Type R Price: from £32,320
Last Updated On: 11/08/2020
After a five year wait, 2015 saw the arrival of the third generation Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Type R sets new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment.
At the heart of the Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration.
The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)*.
The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, and power is directed through the front wheels.
The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce. New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes.
A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering. Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and black gear-lever gaiter.
The Type R can be specified with the optional all-new GT Pack, which includes a number of internal and external upgrades, including integrated Garmin satellite navigation and Honda's Advanced Driver Assist Systems. It is available in five distinctive colours, including Championship White as shown in these images.
* Honda internal figures