Car review: Honda Civic Type R Prototype Driven — road test — BBC Top Gear

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If you saw Honda’s brilliant Civic teaser film a few months you’ll have gathered at three important things. that after languishing in for a few years, there’s actually to be a new Civic Type-R. Secondly, it looks and sounds like a bit of an turbo nutter b*****d. whoosh, a race-tuned four-pot itself senseless in the way only cylinders can, and of any hybrid-related and mirrors there is none to be

It’s the Eighties and Nineties in a with old-fashioned analogue high on the agenda.

There is transparently 2014 marketing on, though, which is the third Honda’s engineers are on red alert the new Type-R is the fastest hot hatch the Nürburgring. In fact, they’re not to go home until it turns in a lap of the Nordschleife, which will shaving at least eight off the lap time of the current record the Megane RenaultSport 265 Trophy.

WTCC driver Gabriele is apparently getting close to which is a hell of an achievement for a front-drive hatch.

The engine is an direct injection 2.0-litre turbo four with and variable timing control — and this is the important bit at least 280bhp. As the finished car is 18 months away from the exact figure is still up for but should nudge 300bhp. hand over to project leader Suechiro Hasshi for How much power?

It’s It will be more than actually. People say that is the limit owing to current technology and the performance. But more is. not

We’re on the banked oval at Tochigi track for this engineering drive, and we have like the ‘Ring’s notorious of corners to play with. But the new is one of those cars that bang on the money the second you put foot on the clutch pedal, not because it actually has a clutch rather than flappy Its action, and the weight of all the other controls, is also satisfyingly

Type-R fans will be thrilled to see the return of the titanium and the seats are brilliantly supportive jobs. It feels right.

It a judicious amount of mechanical to get the Type-R off the line smoothly, sign that this is a driver’s car. The gearbox is if not rifle-bolt mechanical, and there’s a bit of lag at low But then it wakes up and grabs attention in a major way.

Between 2,000 and 5,000rpm, close to 300lb ft of torque, and the red whooshes into view in an turbo-thrusty fashion, signalled by a to red strip light in the instrument There’s also little of any torque steer, so whatever done to the front suspension is (Hasshi tell us what, It’s seriously grunty and

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The Type-R retains the standard torsion beam rear likely to deny it the ultimate of the multi-linked Ford Focus ST or VW GTI. That said, the new Tourer gains a three-mode adaptive damping system, on the suspension only, and that the promise of a mechanical LSD could the Type-R. It feels super-stiff, on Tochigi’s smooth surfaces, so God how that’ll translate to your winter-blasted British B-road.

But it has a fabulously pointy front turns in brilliantly, and feels joined-up. Push the ‘R’ nestling beside the steering and you get weightier steering, sharper response, a reduced traction-control and even less compliance the dampers. Suddenly, you can see how sub-eight the ‘Ring seems doable.

The also looks the business: fighty and downright mean, in the development car’s matte finish. Some serious work has clearly gone on work that is ongoing, to Hasshi-san, in the search for optimum and stability. The exact shape and of the rear wing is still and while the test car is wearing Continental rubber on 19-inch new tyres are being developed for the car.

Here are a few other random of intel: a hybrid powertrain was considered, despite Honda’s the final car will contain aluminium in an effort to reduce and the Civic Type-R is targeting CO2 numbers. It will become more aggressive, Hasshi with a smile.

Unusually, not sure if it really needs to be. focus on softening off some of the while sharpening up the throttle Otherwise this weapons-grade destroyer could end up being a bit too for the B660.

Verdict . First impressions of the R are promising. So long as they get too carried away.

Stats . 4cyl turbo, FWD, 300lb ft, 40.0mpg, 170g/km 0-62 in 5.5secs, 160mph, £28,000 (all figures

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