Nice enough for the price?

Stripped out, the Type R is cur­rently the fastest hot hatch around Nür­bur­gring

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

Pric­ing

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.

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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.

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Set to take Honda back to the top.

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