After years of rumours and dozens of spy pictures, Honda has finally revealed its long-awaited Civic Type R.
With the Geneva International Motor Show opening on Friday, Honda have pulled the covers off early to give us a taste of what is to come. It’s been 10 years since the last generation of the Japanese hot hatch and I for one think it’s about damn time!
Powered by a 2.0L VTEC Turbo heart, the Type R belts out 235kW and 400Nm of torque. It’s paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox that features rev match control, allowing anyone to get the most out of their hot hatch – which is actually a sedan.
Since 2013, there has been talk and spy photographs of the new Type R floating around but personally, I am glad Honda held off releasing it. Since the updated Civic launched in 2016, the car has gone from Grandma’s hatch to a sharp, sporty looking runabout. The Type R has utilised the new generation Civic’s body shape and it looks incredible.
There’s no question about it. Boy racer’s everywhere are wetting themselves right now with excitement.
The up the ante a bit more, Honda are giving you various driving modes too. “Comfort”, “Sport” and the track-focused “+R” are all available, but it’s not hard to guess where most people will have their Civic set to.
With Honda having put a lot of time and effort (at the Nürburgring) into crafting their little monster into a track weapon, one can only hope the new NSX doesn’t outshine it too much. But then again, I think this car looks better.
The Civic Type R will go on sale in late 2017. Full specifications will be available closer to launch.