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to Divide Opinions: The Honda Civic
Civic Type R is a sports car destined to split opinion and
you cannot help but feel that is precisely what Honda had in mind when
they were spending what turned out to be a quite considerable amount of
time in putting this little tough guy together.
In comparison to its predecessors, the Type R is not exactly a
breakthrough of any description for Honda, rather an emphasis of all
the things they felt they had got right the first time around. So if
you weren’t a fan, it’s quite possible might not be won over by it now
and if you were, there will be plenty for you to embrace.
Looks wise, the Type
R is somewhere between futuristic and an arcade game. What
could be quite a run of the mill car sports car has the looks of a very
confident little street fighter. If you had to pick one word to
describe it’s aesthetically, then that word would be ‘punchy’.
On the technical side, this motor comes with the same 197bhp 2.0-litre
VTEC unit that the last Type R had, albeit with a good few refinements
and Honda’s hot Civic engine is still totally compelling with its
free-revving nature and quite superb transmission.
The handling of the Type R is an area that has been tweaked and the
fixed rear axel is now stiffer which results in a sharper, all round
more positive sports car drive. It’s a three door with a sloping design
roof, so space and specifically headroom is a secondary consideration
in the rear, but on an upside the boot is comparatively huge.
For a car that clearly wants to underline it’s ‘attitude’, what you are
getting with the Type R is remarkably good in terms of running costs.
Sure, it’s group 17 insurance and your best fuel figure is a middling
31mpg too, but that’s normal for this segment of the sports car market.
This Civic beats the Astra VXR and the Golf GTI, and even undercuts the
All the audio specifications you would expect are there… including
auxiliary socket (MP3 connection), front speakers, rear speakers stereo
CD tuner with RDS and tweeters.
For the connoisseur, there is the Mugen.
Only 20 of these top end sports cars are available, each costing
£38,599 now this could be argued to be a vast amount of hard earned
cash for a hot hatch, no matter how exclusive it is. But this is a sum
that does include a fair degree of ‘star’ treatment.
Mugen, will tailor the car to your exact personal requirements, and
you'll be genuinely involved in the build process because Mugen
engineers will be in constant contact with you. Even the engine's ECU
mapping can be tailored to suit you.
The Type R Mugen boasts a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine with a
new red line of 8,600rpm., 237bhp and 157lb ft. That's 39bhp over the
normal Type R. What the Type R Mugen delivers is a truly fabulous
sports car that actually feels in tune with both the driver
and the road. It's an incredibly intuitive car sharp throttle,
responsive, while a shortened gear change gives a quicker time between
cogs, making the whole feel that of ‘an experience’.
Lastly we come to the Honda Civic Type S. This little baby could hold
its own on virtually any super car fore court with its fabulous design.
The front is dominated by a lighting panel which stretches right across
the front of the car acting as a barrier between the bonnet and bumper,
while the huge mesh grille beneath the front number plate adds to the
Type S’s aggression.
This is one hot little sports car with its 17-inch, five spoke alloys,
side skirts and funky door handles with 18s as an option. The rear is
just as provocative with a spoiler stretching across the middle of the
window, while the unique twin-triangular tail pipes give the whole car
a look that is quite futuristic. The S type is not a car for wall
flowers, librarians or your granny in the Salvation Army.
The S Type’s interior follows the theme of the exterior and with gusto.
Prepare yourself for a huge blue and I mean glowing blue rev-counter
and super futuristic sports steering wheel complete with, of course,
audio and cruise control switches on it. Honda have even put in a start
button which is not only big, but red! Stealing the show from the
rev-counter is the digital speedometer, which is mounted just beneath
The CD player is quite understated by comparison but boasts ease of
use, which quite frankly, is a blessing. The foot pedals are
chrome plated which is a nice detail and one that adds another element
of sports car feel to the whole package.
The Type S is only available as a three-door which only serves to
underline the target audience that this car is aiming for. The boot is
a massive 485 litres which is more impressive than most other cars in
The Honda Civic Type-S has been fitted with a wholly unique suspension
system from the rest of the range. It has revised spring and damper
settings to give an increased, sportier performance. The suspension is a good combination between stiff and soft which makes the Type-S a
great all-round car capable of long and short journeys. And to increase
the car’s stability, the distance between the wheels is 20mm greater at
the rear giving the Civic a solid, feel.
Hondas are renowned world wide for their reliability this Japanese car
manufacturer is ranked the third best in the UK market. All of this is
wrapped up with a comforting three year/90,000 mile warranty.
The Honda Civic Type-S is unarguably a cracking little sports
car and a pleasing if radical beast in terms of automotive
design. It’s nippy and efficient and coming in around the
same money as a Ford Focus but with Japanese reliability.