Nice enough for the price?
Stripped out, the Type R is currently the fastest hot hatch around Nürburgring
THE world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the all- new Honda Civic Type R, has arrived in South Africa.
Billed as a “race car for the road”, this latest- generation Civic Type R delivers unrivalled performance and driving involvement.
“The all- new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and highest performing Type R ever built, and sets new standards in the fiercely contested high- performance front- wheel drive hatchback segment,” said Graham Eagle, director of operations at Honda Motor Southern Africa.
“Boasting an all- new forced-induction VTEC Turbo engine, advanced new suspension systems and purposeful styling that delivers the visual excitement expected of a Type R while enhancing performance and stability, the new Civic Type R sets new benchmarks for power delivery, handling dynamics and overall driving thrills,” he added.
This exhilarating new model signals the start of a new performance era for Honda, drawing on the brand’s racing DNA to occupy the top position in the Honda Civic line- up.
“Part of a wave of next- generation, all- new Honda vehicles, the new Civic Type R demonstrates the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation which makes life better for its customers,” Eagle said.
Inspired by the Japanese word ‘ buttigiri’, which translated means ‘ to break through and leave the rest behind’, Honda’s engineers sought to develop a Type R that would more than live up to the high expectations associated with the red badge.
The new Civic Type R has been engineered to deliver a dynamic, class- leading performance regardless of whether it’s being driven on fast roads, through a twisty mountain pass or on a racing circuit. At the same time, it remains true to the ease of use and practical packaging expected of a Civic.
The new Type R combines a world- first application of Honda’s new VTEC turbo engine with a sensuous sporting sound, to aggressive function- led styling and pioneering new chassis technologies.
The result is a profound driving machine: a super hatch equally at home on the road as it is on the track, at the push of a button.
Offered as a full- specification five- door model, the Civic Type R is set to catapult Honda back to the top of the two- wheel drive performance hatchback league.
Tested for success, it achieved a lap record around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.
As part of a rigorous and detailed development and testing programme, a pre- production development Honda Civic Type R achieved a lap time of seven minutes, 50,63 seconds around the 20,8 km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. This time is unmatched by any other front- wheel- drive performance hatchback.
The lap time was achieved during the final phase of pre- production testing in May 2014, by a Civic Type R development car in a standard state of engine tune, with suspension, drivetrain, exhaust, brakes and the aerodynamic package identical to those of the production Civic Type R.
Stripped- out for the ring
The removal of equipment such as air conditioning, the front passenger seat and audio equipment offset the additional weight of a full roll cage ( installed specifically for safety reasons and not to add rigidity).
During the test cycle, the development car used production-specification high-rigidity 19inch alloy wheels. These were fitted with the 235/ 35 R19 Continental SportContact 6 road tyres developed specifically for the new Civic Type R.
The Type R has since become the first production vehicle to be fitted with the new Continental SportContact 6 as original equipment. — Supplied.
The new Honda Type R is available in limited numbers through Honda Motor Southern Africa’s national dealer network.
The retail price of R586 400 includes a five- year/ 200 000 km warranty, and a fiveyear/ 90 000 km service plan, while a three- year AA Roadside Assistance package is included. Services at 15 000 km intervals.
For some beholders, the design of the new Honda Civic Type R is eye- watering, but then, so is the price at close to R600k.
Set to take Honda back to the top.