By Veeno Dewan
But what is all the fuss about the R-Type? What exactly is the hallowed Type R? Well Honda’s Type R is a very high-performance version of the humble Honda Civic sedan stuffed with cool performance parts and wicked engineering tweaks. It looks the part too, with its huge air intakes, hood scoop, vortex generator vanes above the rear window, three rear center mounted exhaust pipes, aero body kit, a humongous rear wing and giant 20-inch wheels shod with Continental high performance tires. But wait for it, wait for it! The Type R is also the most powerful Honda ever sold in Canada with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine massaged to Type R, specs producing 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500-4,500 rpm. Transmission, naturally is a short throw six speed manual- with a beefed up clutch- sorry no automatic option! Big high performance Brembo brakes add welcoming stopping power.
With four doors and hatchback the Type R is roomy and practical with decent space for passengers and cargo. The Type R has a huge 727.7-litre trunk and folding rear seats. Inside the form hugging contoured front sports seats are Type R tradition – signature red, and heavily side bolstered, while a short round aluminum shifter dominates the centre console.
On the road, performance is excellent with superb traction and a chassis that is so well engineered it handles all condition of roads. The turbocharged VTEC offers scintillating power. The short throw gears are a tad notchy, but that’s needed to ensure more precise shifts and as a counterweight to the heavier, modulated clutch action. The steering is sharp, with enough feedback that you can drift the Type R wonderfully through sharp bends at its limit without breakout. Fuel economy is surprisingly good, officially rated at 10.6 L/100 km city and 8.3 highway. In short the Type R has been long awaited and it is not hard to see why. Supercar performance and driving thrills for a fraction of the cost. Limited availability so move fast. Note only two color choices – Black or White. A modern day automotive icon!
2018 Honda Civic Type R priced from $41,090
More info at: www.honda.ca