Honda has released some new information about their new mega hatch, now known to be the world’s fastest front wheel drive production car to lap the Nurburgring (7 minutes 43.8 seconds), the new Civic Type R.
There’s actually little left held back by Honda pertaining to this particular car. That is, besides the finer points of its handling and daily drivability, ascertainable only by real-world use. We know it’s fast and has plenty of aero and enough gaunt angles to make even the scrawniest mouth breathing boy racer proud. Like us.
But one figure elusive figure was its exact acceleration time. No longer; the Type R takes 5.7 seconds to reach 100km/h from rest, which is quick enough for Honda to proclaim it as the ‘fastest-accelerating’ car in its class.
This this all depends on how loosely we define its ‘class’. Take cars like the Focus RS and Golf R. There’s no way that Honda can hope to achieve quicker acceleration times with the Civic Type R’s front-drive layout versus the all-wheel drive traction in the Ford and VW, which achieves the 100km/h dash in 4.7s and 4.8s respectively, at least a full second quicker than the Honda.
Perhaps, then, its prey is other front-drive weapons like the SEAT Leon Cupra (which isn’t sold here), Peugeot 308 GTi, and Volkswagen Golf GTi 40 Years. In which case, yes, the Honda hatch does indeed out-accelerate the competition. Then again, Honda hasn’t revealed local pricing for the Type R, but that should surface closer to its October launch. That said, it shouldn’t be that far off the Focus RS or VW Golf R - around $50,000 we reckon, and very much in the same class.
Based on the 10th-generation Civic hatch, this new Type R (FK8) uses an updated version of the short-lived FK2 Civic Type R’s K20C1 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and produces 235kW and 400Nm.
Along with that 0-100km/h sprint time, which is very impressive nonetheless, the car will continue to accelerate until its top speed of 272km/h. On top of that, and unlike the older model, this Type R has four-doors and a properly practical boot. Honda says that they have poured a lot of effort into giving the interior a quality feel, placing a greater emphasis on comfort and refinement than would otherwise be expected.
To that end, this new UK-made Civic Type R has multiple driving modes that alter the suspension compliance, steering geometry, and throttle response depending on which the driver selects: Comfort, Sport, and +R.