The 2015 Honda Civic Type-R is finally amongst us and it brings with it a new 306BHP turbocharged VTEC engine. Hopefully you have seen our video review which consisted mainly of road impressions, this video aims to take you to the track. Here this new ASBO inducer was let off of the leash by us journalists who think we know what we are doing, and then by Honda’s world championship winning touring car drivers who actually know what they are doing.
There is no denying this cars pace. It is currently the fastest front wheel drive car around the Nurburgring, does 0-62MPH in just 5.7 seconds, and is a 167MPH car. All of that potential through the front wheels should be as menacing as this car looks, but Honda’s dual-axis suspension and a few other tricks have almost made torque steer extinct. Rowing through the short throw six speed manual gearbox is a joy, and the cars maximum potential is still found high in the rev range despite being turbocharged. There is a touch of turbo lag but nowhere near as much as other turbo cars. 400Nm of torque is great to exploit and with a lack of body roll and plenty of grip this car is quite the track day toy.
Things get serious when you push the +R button. Dials go red, dampers become 30% stiffer, its accurate steering gains weight, throttle response sharpens and the torque mapping changes. Make not mistake, this car is now in maximum attack. Its booming exhaust note is the soundtrack to a car that is very at home on track. The Slovakia Ring is a challenging track but this Type-R is not only capable, it is easy to exploit. Grab it by the scruff of the neck and lean on those excellent 350mm drilled and ventilated Brembo brakes. It is an absolute hoot, an excessively well exactitude hot hatchback.
Placed into the passenger seat with none other than Gordon Shedden behind the wheel, I was shown what this car can really do. Last second breaking, perfectly timed shifts and some on track rivalry from his BTCC teammate Matt Neal painted a picture of a car that, as Honda put it “has been over engineered.”
Priced from £29,995 or just £300 a month, this Civic deserves its Type-R badge.
Check out our full review HERE.