Entry cost to Type R ownership starts at £30,995. Spend an extra £2,000 and one can have the GT model, which gains a raft of mostly technology.
The GT specification includes a cross-traffic monitor, dual zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Honda’s Connect assistant incorporated into the navigation, wireless phone charging, an 11-speaker high-power version of the audio system, and LED front fog lights.
Type R has come to mean something special to performance car fans. With the red badge, they know they will get the most potency available in the Civic, a truly hot hatch.
This is not a lot of good, however, if the car gets left in the garage because driving it on a regular basis is just too full-on. And in the last Civic Type R, the balance was shifted just a little too much in the direction of the track.
The new Civic Type R rectifies that but, remarkably, does this while also offering increased performance – more potency, and more ability on the most demanding of race circuits.
This is a complete package that one can live with happily all week on the slow commute to and from work. Just make sure you take it to the track of a weekend and let it off the leash…
Honda Civic Type R – key specifications
On Sale: July 2017
Range price: £30,995-£32,995.
Insurance groups: TBA
Engine: 2.0-litre VTEC turbo petrol
Power (hp): 320hp @ 6500rpm
Torque (Nm): 400Nm @ 2500-4500rpm
0-62mph (sec): 5.7
Top speed (mph): 169
Fuel economy (combined, mpg): 36.7
CO2 emissions (g/km): 176
Key rivals: Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, Renault Megane RS
Test Date: June 2017