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.
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.
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.
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.
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.