There is just something about driving a Type R. To know that so much development has gone into a car and especially at this age where manufacturers are competing for the top front wheel drive spot. The RS Trophy has been on the top of the Nurburgring front wheel drive until recently it was dethroned by Seat and along came Honda and they did not even break a sweat. The Type R is just something special to drive. Some will like it and well, some will hate it. It’s a bit of an acquired taste.
Rightfully so, the styling is something out of a Max Performance magazine with spoilers and louvers everywhere. The wheels are 19” in size and fitted with super sticky 235/35 Continental SportContact 6’s and I can assure you that when they warm up, they are properly sticky.
That they should be, with 228kw and 400nm trying to be pushed through the front wheels, you constantly have traction control trying to tame the beast, with little lights flickering everywhere and not just the traction control, the Type R even has a Christmas light type shift setup with the shift lights changing colors from yellow to ultimately red. There is no doubt that this car has a ton of tech in it and its hard to point out if there is indeed a limited slip diff or just a traction-controlled Torque vectoring system. One thing is certain, though, that it loves to reward drivers when the road starts to turn.
The interior if fairly standard Civic, with sporty bucket seats and an aluminum brushed Type R gearshift and unit number stamped on a tag just behind it. In terms of comfort, the steering is adjustable for height and reach and well, that’s about it. The suspension is a dual axis strut type setup and with active adaptive damping, they claim up to 30percent stiffer suspension when the R+ button is pressed. There is also dual-zone climate control and a touch screen multimedia system which sadly does not have any navigation, but is available as an option.
The 228kw 4 cylinder 2.0l is fairly responsive off boost, but there is a certain amount of lag and that’s not a bad thing. Driving sedately decent economy around the 7l/100km is easily achievable. This goes out the window as soon as you get on the right pedal. Honda claims that 100kph comes up in 5.7seconds and it will run on to 270kph.
Stopping the Type R, are mammoth 4 piston Brembo brakes sitting on 350mm disks in the front and 296mm in the rear. They initially seemed to squeak a little but once warmed up they went quiet. The feedback and confidence were also pretty good.
The 50l tank should be good for a decent range, but once the fun starts, expect it to want a little drink around the 350km mark and a car like this, providing this much fun is perfectly fine.
There are very few cars that are styled as radically as the Type R at this time. Sure the Ford Focus RS could be the only contender in terms of styling and might be faster, but I feel that the Type R still has it beaten, especially in the looks department and while that is all owner subjective; At the end of the day, you are either a Type R driver or you are not.
The Type R has a retail of R615 900 and comes standard with a 5 year 200 000km warranty and a 5 year 90 000km service plan. Expect to schedule your dealer appointments every 10 000km.