As hot-hatches go, the feisty little Honda Civic Type R ticked pretty much all of the boxes; light on its feet, powerful, well made and above all good fun. For that reason we were understandably dismayed to see it consigned to the black hole of eco doom in 2010 for failing to meet new emissions standards, just one of many gems over the years to have been snared in that particular trap. Two years on and we are still waiting for Honda to come up with a less environmentally hazardous model but in the meantime here is a little something to wet your appetite.
Not strictly a hot-hatch, the limited edition Honda Civic Ti is a sports-inspired variant of the standard 5-door 1.8 SE model that comes with a goody bag of extras worth £1000. These include a shiny new set of 17-inch Team Dynamics ‘Le Mans’ alloys nestled beneath unique colour coded wheel arches. Moving inside the Civic Ti, Honda have thrown in a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear lever along with hands free Bluetooth connectivity besides all the standard equipment including climate control, USB and iPod ports, steering wheel audio controls and electric rear windows.
Only 1000 models will be available for purchase, in a choice of three different colours. Whilst this limited edition doesn’t exactly reignite the Civic hot-hatch fire, it does at least help to bridge the gap. A warm-hatch if you will. Not sure if that’s going to catch on!