See all 89 photos. Since its debut, 13, individually numbered Honda Civic Type Rs have found their way into enthusiasts' embraces. We lived with a "CTR" for a year and didn't want to give it back. A mild update occurred inbut forsubstantive changes make our favorite hot hatch even better.
To answer your first question: "Does the Civic Type R get a boost in power? Honda reports that the sampling rate of the updated Type R's adaptive dampers gets a ten-fold improvement, meaning rather than twice per second, signals and adjustments now occur 20 times per second 20 Hz. I can assure you, the city did not repave my neighborhood's patchwork pavement, but it seemed to have.
Especially in Comfort mode, the CTR has always smoothed out busy surfaces, a quality few sports cars, much less a hot hatch with inch wheels and tire sidewalls that are less than 3 inches tall should be able to do. It does it even better now. Uneven pavement, dips, and even the harsh impacts it once abhorred are taken in stride now.
Sure, there's still tire noise on L. Meanwhile, Honda says that selectively stiffening front and rear suspension bushings, along with more rear toe-in geometry, should improve lateral grip by ensuring more tire contact patch remains on the pavement. Up front, a new lower friction ball joint should improve feel and precision. And all combined with that 20 Hz damper system, Honda says they have implemented electronic controls on individual dampers both compression and rebound that should improve turn in, reduce mid-corner roll, and plant the car for improved exits.
Mission accomplished across the board: sharper without being harsher. Snaking up a familiar road we use often, I felt like the car knew the way as well as I did. By the seat of my test driver's calibrated pants, I'm sensing more cornering grip available from the same Continental SportContact 6 tires.
I could roll into and then stomp on the throttle pedal far earlier on the exits. Wow; I wasn't expecting such a noticeable difference. The balance and confidence this car supplies remain uncanny, but Honda has really taken it to a new level for I can't wait to take it to a racetrack and see how much quicker its lap time will be.
Engine cooling during repeated laps has been a known issue when tracking the Civic Type R since its introduction. We witnessed it reducing power to lower operating temperature by losing 0. The first lap, at least with Randy Pobst driving, was always the quickest. The third lap would be a full second slower, and so on. To address this, Honda redesigned the grille to allow 13 percent more air flow and replaced the radiator.
This is said to reduce the coolant temperature by close to 20 degrees Farenheit in "high-demand" situations. We'll have to wait and see on this one, but so far Honda's claims keep bearing fruit. Combined with new pads, free travel of the brake pedal has been reduced by 17 percent. Honestly, I noticed this, and it was one of my teensy criticisms of the previous car. As aggressive as it could accelerate and corner, I wanted a bit more aggression in the braking department.
Done, and thank you. Not that it needed it, but Honda replaced the aluminum ball shifter with a slightly smaller, oblong one and counterweighted the lever. They also replaced the leather steering wheel and shift boot with faux suede. The infotainment head unit was replaced last year to include hard buttons and a volume knob.
However, it's still a little finicky and won't let you access some screens while driving. Like so many carmakers do, Honda added what it calls Active Sound Control that varies the intensity of enhanced engine sounds through the speaker depending on drive mode.The bewinged hatchback's exaggerated bodywork isn't easy for everyone to love, but its incredible chassis and terrific turbocharged engine certainly are.
With horsepower and a monogamous manual transmission, Honda's four-cylinder powertrain is powerful and engaging. While we wish it sounded as menacing as the Hyundai Veloster Nthe super Civic proves there's no substitute for massive cornering grip and gobs of driver feedback. The front-drive hot hatch is also saved from the dreaded torque steer, and its ride doesn't have the rock-hard tendencies that the old Ford Focus RS had.
In fact, the Honda could even be called civil if it weren't for its gratuitous styling. Still, the Civic Type R is a generational talent that is affordable, fun, and practical.
ForHonda sprinkles some updates into the Civic Type R recipe. The most noteworthy upgrades include new brake rotors and pads that aim to inhibit fade during hard braking, revisions to the front suspension that Honda says improves steering feel, and other suspension changes such as retuned dampers.
The Type R also adds synthetic engine noise that is said to alter intensity with the different drive modes. There are also superficial updates that include a larger front grille opening that's supposed to aid engine cooling and a new Boost Blue paint color. Its interior receives a steering wheel wrapped in faux suede instead of leather; the shifter has been redesigned and given shorter throws.
2020 Honda Civic Type R First Drive Review: Now Even Sharper
Oh, and in case anyone wished the Type R had driver assists we sure didn't the model year gets a suite of them courtesy of the newly standard Honda Sensing package. Honda unveiled a lightweight, Limited Edition Type R that will go one sale as a model; a redesigned Civic Type R is expected to bow for the model year. The Honda also has few hot hatches with similar performance now that the Focus RS is dead and the next-gen Volkswagen Golf R is in limbo.
And Honda supplies every version with a host of enticing standard features that include adaptive dampers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, built-in navigation, front sport seats, passive entry, and more.
The Type R also can be personalized with a handful of exterior and interior accessories should shoppers want to add cargo organizers, a wireless phone charger, etc. The Civic Type R looks like something the devil himself spat on the asphalt, and it goes like a bat out of hell, too. Its exclusive turbocharged four-cylinder makes horsepower and lb-ft of torque. The eager engine always feels alive with a responsive throttle and imperceptible turbo lag.
A short-throw six-speed manual is also on hand and the only transmission choice. The Honda's easy clutch action and precise shifter are as perfectly synchronized as a pair of figure skaters. Too bad the triple-pipe, center-exit exhaust isn't as loud as the exterior styling. Sure, its innocuous note is appreciated on long trips, but we want more roar in a car that looks and drives like this one.
The Type R is that rare type of car with terrific track ability and amicable road manners.
It sticks to the road like bionic Velcro, with steering telepathy that would embarrass Miss Cleo and a chassis seemingly tuned by a Formula 1 engineer. Although its suspension is stiffer than the sporty Civic Si's, the R-rated version is still surprisingly comfortable—especially compared with the hard-riding Focus RS. It's only slightly impolite on rough roads or over harsh bumps, where the inch wheels and low-profile tires yield loud impacts.
The Honda's immense grip was exhibited on our skidpad, where it pulled 1. The government estimates it'll earn 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The Honda and its competitors all matched or exceeded their EPA highway figure on our mile fuel-economy loop.
Honda's hot hatchback rang in at 29 mpg, beating its rating by 1 mpg—though still trailing the Golf R's 31 mpg. The Type R's interior is rated R for scenes involving gratuitous red accents and obscenely comfy racing seats. Although the styling isn't subtle, the interior relies on Type R trademarks and racy materials to highlight its sufficient passenger space. The 7. The Civic Type R may be equal parts track star and daily driver, but it's also a very practical travel companion.
In our testing, it accommodated significantly more ping-pong balls than its rivals and tied the WRX STI for the greatest carry-on-luggage capacity.It features a lightened and stiffened body, specially tuned engine, offered only in five- or six-speed manual transmissionand upgraded brakes and chassis. Red is used in the Honda badge background to give it a special sporting distinction and to separate it from other models.
For the first time, a strategically seam welded monocoque chassis was used to improve chassis rigidity. The EK9 was only available for sale in Japan. The Type Rx model introduced in was given a CD player, body coloured retractable electric door mirrors, power windows, auto air conditioning, keyless entry unlock systemaluminium sports pedals, and a carbon type centre panel. The Type Rx was the final model of the EK9 generation.
InHonda introduced the next generation of the Civic Type R as a unique 3-door hatchback to the UK market, which was manufactured in Swindon, England. Inthe EP3 was updated with many improvements — revised EPS with quicker steering, revised suspension settings, projector headlamps JDM came equipped with halogens only while the EDM came with an option for HIDs with self-leveling motorslighter clutch and flywheel assembly etc.
Based on Honda literature, this facelifted FL model was targeted at addressing customers' and critics' feedback such as understeer on the limit due to the front MacPherson strut setupnumb steering response and lack of low end torque. Mugen Motorsports developed an upgraded version of the JDM Civic Type R, with a sport exhaust system and engine tuning, special Mugen Grille, and anti-roll bars for pro racing activities.
This special edition features red bucket seats from Recaroair conditioning, privacy glass on the rear windows, a leather MOMO steering wheel, red interior carpet and door cards. Only of these models were produced, in each colour. In towards the end of the EP3's production run, Honda introduced the Civic Type R Premier edition which had Recaro Trendline seats similar to those found in the Anniversary Edition, only in red and black rather than all reda darker shade of fabric on the rear seat centre sections, a MOMO Steering Wheel, Red Carpet, Door Linings, "Type R" embossed into the front brake calipers and black privacy glass on the rear windows.
Air conditioning was an option. The third generation of the Civic Type R was offered in two distinct models: one developed one for the Japanese domestic market and the other for UK and international markets each matching the availability of their regular 8th generation counterparts. Power is sent to the front wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, and a helical limited slip differential is fitted as standard. Exterior wise, the front bumper is wider and different from the standard Civic designed aerodynamically.
The rear bumper features a diffuser built into the bumper and a large rear wing completes the aero package. Inside, the trademark black and red bucket seats are no longer made by Recaro as with previous versions but designed in-house by Honda. Also gone is the Momo made steering wheel, instead replaced by a Honda made version. The familiar red-on-black colour scheme or black-on-black scheme is offered on Championship White and Super Platinum Metallic Silver while a black-on-black scheme with red stitching is for the Vivid Blue Pearl only.Conditions apply.
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Premium Audio System. Red Honda H Badge. Horsepower SAE net. Boost Pressure. Bore and Stroke. Compression Ratio. Direct Injection. Drive-by-Wire Throttle System. Water-Cooled Oil Cooler. Hill Start Assist. Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer. Lightweight Single-Mass Flywheel. Helical Limited-Slip Differential.Despite its gloriously juvenile bodywork, the Honda Civic Type R is a hugely entertaining and entirely practical four-door hatchback. With a hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a standard six-speed manual transmission the only gearbox available feeding the front wheels, the Type R is not only the quickest Honda Civicit's one of the quickest sport compacts.
Honda has managed to virtually eliminate the dreaded torque steer that plagues powerful front-drive cars and provide talkative steering, tremendous cornering grip, and a ride that's surprisingly smooth. Its interior isn't the fanciest, and its red accents make the cabin look like a crime scene, but the reasonably-sized back seat and ample cargo area give it every-day practicality.
Apart from a subdued exhaust note and noisy highway behavior, the Civic Type R ranks among the most entertaining cars to drive right now. ForHonda offers a Limited Edition Type R that lives up to its name, as only copies total will be built of which are designated for U. This model will only come in Phoenix Yellow Pearl paint.
It'll feature a gloss-black roof panel, exterior mirrors, and hood scoop. Most importantly, the Limited Edition is intended to increase the Type R's performance by shedding 38 pounds and adopting stickier Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires. Honda also says it has retuned steering and damper characteristics to work with the specific wheel-and-tire combination.
The Hyundai is down on power compared to the R, and its odd three-door configuration compromises its practicality.
But both sport compacts are currently the only front-drive hatchbacks that have similarly stellar performance. While everyone has an opinion about the Honda's styling, and the Veloster N's exhaust sounds significantly better, the Type R would be our preferred choice. We also like the potential improvements promised by the Limited Edition. However, Honda hasn't said how much any Civic Type R will cost or what premium it will charge for the limited-production model.
The Civic Type R looks like something the devil himself spat on the asphalt, and it goes like a bat out of hell, too. Its exclusive turbocharged four-cylinder makes horsepower and lb-ft of torque.
The eager engine always feels alive with a responsive throttle and imperceptible turbo lag. A short-throw six-speed manual is also on hand and the only transmission choice. The Honda's easy clutch action and precise shifter are as perfectly synchronized as a pair of figure skaters. Too bad the triple-pipe, center-exit exhaust isn't as loud as the exterior styling.
Sure, its innocuous note is appreciated on long trips, but we want more roar in a car that looks and drives like this one. The Type R is that rare type of car with terrific track ability and amicable road manners. It sticks to the road like bionic Velcro, with steering telepathy that would embarrass Miss Cleo and a chassis seemingly tuned by a Formula 1 engineer. Although its suspension is stiffer than the sporty Honda Civic Si'sthe R-rated version is still surprisingly comfortable.
It's only slightly impolite on rough roads or over harsh bumps, where the inch wheels and low-profile tires yield loud impacts. The Honda's immense grip was exhibited on our skidpad, where it pulled 1. The government estimates it'll earn 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The Honda and its competitors all matched or exceeded their EPA highway figure on our mile fuel-economy loop. Honda's hot hatchback rang in at 29 mpg, beating its rating by 1 mpg.Much of its appeal comes from attributes that all Civics share, such as a spacious interior and a wealth of high-tech features, most of which come standard. On top of this, Honda gives the Type R a more powerful engine and a variety of other enhancements to improve the car's handling and braking. The Type R is available only as a hatchback.
Highlight features for the Type R include: Turbocharged 2. This car will put a smile on your face and an electrifying feeling thru your body when you get behind the wheel it is that good!!!
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Write a review. See all 58 reviews. I'm Alistair Weaver, and we're here at the Edmunds Test Track with two of the hottest hatchbacks ever produced. Both are either new or updated, both are over horsepower, both are front wheel drive, and both are uncompromising in their pursuit of performance.
We're going to put them through the full Edmunds testing procedure, and then we're going to drive them on the track and declare a winner. But before all of that, be sure to subscribe to the Edmunds channel, and check out the link below for a companion piece on Edmunds.
Let's get on with it. To be honest, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Minis. It was my mom's first car, and legend has it that if she hadn't broken down in it and asked my dad for help, then I wouldn't have been here. And I'm sure we can all agree what a tragedy that would have been. That first, classic Mini really was a work of genius, a genuinely pioneering family car with trick suspension that just happened to be good on the track and rally stage.
It had a kind of utilitarian chic. Unlike this car. Now, whether you like it or not is purely subjective, and I certainly enjoy its sense of theater. But what does irritate me is how much of it is fake. Now, Carlos Lago has his pen. So ready for this, Charlie? Stay with me. Engine air intake?
No such thing. Engine power bulge? Also fake. Front grille? Well, some of it's real. Some of it's not. We can forgive that, I think. These kind of wheel arch extensions designed to widen the track of the car give you, in theory, a bit more poise and stability. And apparently, they channel down the side of the car.Conditions apply. Please enter a valid ZIP Code. Use my current location. RDM can determine if you cross over detected lanes without signaling, can provide steering assistance to help you return to your lane or provide braking to help you keep from leaving the roadway entirely.
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Your ZIP Code helps us search inventory at dealers near you. Type R shown in Boost Blue Pearl. Explore every awe-inspiring angle. Get behind the wheel of a performance powerhouse. See the Civic Type R in action. The Civic Type R was designed to make a powerful statement, inside and out. Head-turning style, wildly functional aerodynamics and a racing-inspired cockpit all scream high performance.
The wing spoiler is positioned near roof height, creating downforce. The rear diffuser reduces drag for high speed and confidence-inspiring track performance. Vortex generators above the rear window help channel air toward the wing spoiler for high-speed stability and cornering.
The functional underbody spoiler kit helps with downforce and airflow to the rear of the vehicle, providing incredible stability and grip at high speeds. The front fender vents work in tandem with the functional hood scoop to enhance engine-compartment cooling. Available exclusively in Phoenix Yellow, the Type R Limited Edition hearkens back to past Type R limited editions, and adds modern details like a gloss-black roof and gloss-black accents all around.
Through a complex forging process, the BBS wheels on the Type R Limited Edition reach a high degree of material density and weight reduction, for an ideal blend of agility and speed. High-performance summer tires are not designed for winter driving and will wear faster than normal passenger car tires. An expanded grille opening helps improve air intake to keep the engine bay cooler at speed.
The gloss-black accents create a striking frame around the iconic red H-badge, a symbol of our racing legacy. Heavily bolstered front seats in red-and-black suede-effect fabric can help keep you in place during hard cornering.
Race-inspired sport pedals provide the necessary grip for your feet anytime a quick heel-and-toe is needed on the track.