5-Year Track of Honda Civic Type R
WHAT IS THAT?
Wapcar Automotive News – Since its arrival in 2017, it has been a truly exceptional hot sedan, performing on a different level from the rest of its front-wheel drive rivals. One armor is barely cracked and one gets even better with a mid-life update in 2020.
However, times are changing. Honda has unveiled an all-new version of the Honda Civic Type R, which means this generation of the FK8 (the one for the model geeks out there) has hit the market.
KIA KIA. TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE OLD CAR.
Where to start? The Type R remains mechanically intact throughout its life:
only has a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine throwing its 1.4 tons to a top speed of 169 mph in 0-62 mph in 5 ,8 seconds. Exact numbers, those.
And this tutorial is something else:
In our opinion, the best action change of the past decade. There is no greater compliment than that. Especially at a time when people are abandoning the good ship that is the manual transmission. When people switched from trains to cars, Honda’s engineering team was the group that remained on the train and carried their tools. And not just play, but hone their performance as the water flows around their ankles. We greet them.
WHAT IS GOOD?
The lever itself has been styled from a metal rod big enough to control the most beautifully crafted gearshift movement at all costs. Unless you’re part of the Civic’s engineering team. “Could be better,” they thought amusingly.
This 2020 update introduced a teardrop knob (rather than a ball) to grip, reminiscent of the speed Hondas of old, and it wraps counterweights that improve the way it moves. Move around the H-shaped pattern. The result is perfect.
WHAT DIFFERENTLY CHANGED HONDA?
The formula of the Civic Type R was changed several years before it went on sale. Note that we don’t call it “innovation”; Doing so when one of the most controversial styling packs on the market hasn’t actually changed would be a mistake. But the more eccentric will notice the revised grille (and 13% larger opening) resulting in a 10-degree drop in coolant temperature on race days.
And that’s just the tip of Honda’s forensic-level update iceberg; hidden behind those red-rimmed alloys is a two-piece disc (not just one) to remove 15mm of “dead travel” from the brake pedal, which we bet no one has complained about yet. There has been a re-adjustment of the way the adaptive damping system behaves in a corner, for greater precision. Something we never thought the FK8 Type R lacked.
Not yet. There are a few more options than before:
the ‘regular’ car, pictured above, comes with a slightly more sober Type R sports car (much smaller rear spoiler, less red detailing, better soundproofing) and a limited edition Type The R is noticeably crazier (wearing Cup 2 tires and weighing 47kg less than standard via BBS forged wheels, eliminating air conditioning and stereo and poorer soundproofing). You can read an independent review of this car by clicking on these blue words.
The limited edition was priced at just under £40,000 at launch and allotted 20 cars in the UK that sold out within an hour. One hour! Instead, it suggests that you should never pay less than forty thousand dollars once they appear again in the classifieds.
WHO IS IT’S KEY RIVAL?
Oh, just some of the hottest hatches we’ve ever been through. The Ford Focus RS was launched a year before the Type R, the Renault Megane RS is another new product in 2017. The Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 arrived earlier and left earlier.
An entire generation of cars, and the Type R is arguably the pinnacle. The Honda Civic Type R is breathtaking, a hot hatch of great maturity when used for sensitive stuff, yet possessing a truly wild side when required. While we’re excited to see what the new Type R will bring, we’re still a bit sad to see the FK8 launch.
Having looked through the 5-year history and development of the Honda Civic Type R, what do you think of this car model? If you have any interesting ideas that would like to exchange with us, welcome your comments below.