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The 2018 Honda Civic Type R has arrived in Oz to try to establish itself as the king of fun cars at a reasonable price. But first, we’ll see if the Nurburgring’s record holder’s hotness before translates into local roads and tracks.

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The front has so much grip and precision that it takes a bit of acclimation to the depth and force you can pull into a corner. So naturally, there is more than a small alarm once you discover a decent hump in the middle of the curve, you have committed a serious red haze. But the wheel drive is such that even through “oh shit!” – Dips and imperfections the Type R refuses to move from his line. Balance such compliance with the 245/30 licorice-band rubber mounted on 20-inch rims, no less with this pure handling tenacity takes a rare talent, even for performance heroes twice the price charged by Honda .The rear handle is not only assertive, it is absolutely riveted to the blacktop. And my intuition, without a competitor with which to compare, is that the Type R does not dance and shimmy in response to throttle changes in the way, for example, a Focus RS or WRX STI could cross the same corner and the same the speed.

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On the road, at speeds that do not risk your license, the Honda is benign. Maybe a bit too much for some drivers. But what he does is he exchanges playfulness for the rhythm, and the kind of heady rhythm that will fill a stupid smile across your cup while suggesting, at the same time, that there is a lot more rhythm in reserve if you find a more suitable place off-street on which the sample.

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There were many rumors surrounding the Civic Type R in the months leading up to its debut, and, in retrospect, most of them were false. Here are the facts: Power is provided by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injection four-cylinder engine. It is set to generate 306 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque between 2500 and 4500 rpm, making the new R-Type as powerful as its predecessor. A six-speed manual transmission approved by enthusiasts with a speed matching feature sends the turbo’s output four to the front wheels. Channeling as much grunt at the front axle is a recipe for a copious amount of steering torque, so a limited slip differential comes standard. Performance specifications, such as R’s 0 to 100 km / h and maximum speed, have not yet been released.

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The 2018 Honda Civic Type Ris available for $ 34,990. This price is up $ 215 from the Type R price at launch. Fortunately, the R type is always cheaper than its rivals. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R costs $ 40,195, the $ 201,900 Subaru WRX STI 2018 and the $ 41,995 Ford Focus RS 2018.

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