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R586 400 o what sort of money are we talk­ing about? Well, the Fer­rari 488 GTB will set you back more than R4.9 mil­lion, with the Porsche 911 Turbo S go­ing for just over R3 mil­lion. Choose the Ger­man car over the Ital­ian and “save” R2 mil­lion.

You’re do­ing well there, bar­gain hunter. But now com­pare R3 mil­lion to a measly R586 400 for the Honda Civic Type R. Look­ing good, sharp­shooter! You can al­most af­ford your Sand­ton mort­gage again.

At un­der R600 000, though, can a four­door “hot hatch” be any­where as good as, say, an en­try-level Porsche Cay­man at R883 000? The an­swer is yes, be­cause the Honda Civic Type R is about as close to the fam­ily-spec Civic your cousin drives as Kanye West is to Am­ber Rose th­ese days.

The Honda is en­dowed with a tur­bocharged 2.0-litre en­gine that de­liv­ers an ex­plo­sive 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque. That’s much bet­ter than the Cay­man’s 202kW and mea­gre 290Nm. The Honda isn’t just a straight-road spe­cial ei­ther. Its ad­vanced sus­pen­sion gives it tremen­dous grip, as I dis­cov­ered on Cape Town’s Kil­lar­ney race­track. With each con­sec­u­tive lap, I pressed the ac­cel­er­a­tor deeper into the car­pet, and still the wheels stuck to the as­phalt like molten choco­late to a mohair blan­ket. No won­der the Type R was the fastest front-wheel drive pro­duc­tion car on the world’s most gru­elling race­track – the Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife in Ger­many.

Its OTT rac­ing car looks aside, the Type R makes for a de­cent daily drive. The sus­pen­sion isn’t too hard and the en­gine can be docile when you want it to be. Its only flaws are ex­ces­sive tyre noise at speeds above 80km/h and the bucket seats can be­come un­com­fort­able to the wide of hip. The Civic Type R doesn’t have the vis­ual sub­tlety or sta­tus of a Porsche, but it’s one of the best sports cars on sale to­day.

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