The new Honda Civic Type R was presented a few months ago, but the information leaked at that time was still relatively thin. This sporty compact was expected for several reasons, on the one hand because a Type R is often pleasant to drive, and on the other hand because it is today almost alone in its segment.
Honda therefore finally lifts the veil on the prices, performance and power of its new Civic Type R and, as we will see, it does better everywhere compared to its predecessor, but the Japanese manufacturer is charging a high price for its services. .
329 hp under the hood
Under the hood, we still find the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo of the old version, but with some improvements. The development team has redesigned the turbocharger, optimizing its shape and diameter, while airflow has been increased by 13%.
The radiator has been revised too, with the new front grille offering a 48% wider opening with a larger diameter air intake allowing for a 10% increase in intake capacity.
All this translates into an increase in power of 9hp and 20Nm over the previous model, for a total of 329hp and 420Nm. The six-speed manual gearbox has been revised, while performance is still interesting with a 0 to 100 km/h shot in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 275 km/h.
Chassis-wise, the Civic Type R benefits from 15% increased stiffness, adaptive dampers have been optimized to reduce body roll, while the larger diameter torsion bar sees its stiffness increase by 60% compared to compared to the old Type R.
Still so radical
8mm lower and 90mm wider than the Civic e:HEV Hybrid, the Type R can be recognized by its sculpted wheel arches and large spoiler. The 19-inch matt black alloy wheels are specific to this model, as are the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 265/30 tires, among the largest ever fitted to a front-wheel-drive sports car.
The sports seats with suede upholstery are positioned 8 mm lower than on the previous Type R. Also found in the cabin is a metal plate on the dashboard that underlines the exclusivity of each model, even if the Type R is not a limited edition.
The dashboard has also been revised, with graphics that change according to the driving modes (Individual, Comfort, Sport and +R). In this regard, the Honda Log R 2.0 app for smartphones can be used to analyze various track and road performance data.
As standard, the car is equipped with the Honda Sensing package with various driver assistance systems, including forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and vehicle support system. the way.
The Honda Civic Type R against its rivals
But how does the new Honda Civic Type R stack up against its rivals? If we stick to the technical data and the price alone, the Type R is indeed among the best performers in its segment, in every sense of the word.
With its 329 hp, it is surpassed only by the Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years of 333 hp (320 hp for the classic version), while other rivals such as the Cupra Leon and the Renault Megane RS are content with 300 hp . Finally, with 280 hp, we find the Ford Focus ST and the Hyundai i30 N far behind.
Renault Megane RS
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years
Ford Focus ST
In terms of acceleration, the fastest is the Golf R 20 Years with a 0 to 100 km/h shot in 4.6 seconds, although it is fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Civic not offering this alternative. For its part, the Type R is the model with a manual transmission fastest in its segment. The Civic also has the highest top speed, just ahead of the Golf 20 Years with its 270 km/h.
As for prices, the Cupra, Ford, Hyundai and Renault are between 40 and 48,000 euros (excluding penalties), while the Golf R 20 Years is displayed at more than 60,000 euros, still excluding penalties. The new Honda Civic Type R is at the top of the category, with a starting price of 55,000 euros, not counting the 12,552 euros penalty in France with the 2023 scale.