There are plenty of high-performance hatchbacks on the market today. You can get the “original” hot hatch – the Volkswagen Golf GTi. And there are other models too such as the new Ford Focus RS. But what about cars that hail from Japan?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve long had a soft spot for Japanese performance cars. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched too much of The Fast & The Furious movies over the years. One thing’s for sure, though: there is growing demand for hot hatches from that part of the world!
One model, in particular, is always a talking point among car enthusiasts. I am, of course, talking about the Honda Civic Type R. Did you know that there’s now a new 2015 model available? It promises to be revolutionary and more attention-grabbing than the last incarnation. Does it live up to that expectation? Find out in today’s review:
What’s under the bonnet?
The one thing that all hot hatch enthusiasts will ask is what powers the new Honda Civic Type R? Well, it’s obvious that it will be a VTEC engine of some description! But, let me share with you the full specifications of the new CTR’s power plant.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre 16-valve i-VTEC engine. Bolted onto it is a single-scroll turbocharger. Honda says that the turbo will provide a much-needed boost of power lower down the rev range. Those familiar with VTEC engines know that you have to rev them hard to get total power.
That’s not the case with the new Honda Civic Type R’s engine. That fact may disappoint those that love going up to 7k+ RPM with each gear shift! Despite that fact, Honda says that the engine’s peak power is at 6,000 RPM. Honda claims that the turbo starts earning its dough at around 2,500 RPM.
There isn’t any need to reach such engine speeds with normal driving. After all; that’s why the turbo is there. But, if you love taking your hot hatch on the track, it’s good to know that it’s still “revvy.” One can also enjoy the new six-speed sequential transmission bolted onto the engine too.
I had the opportunity to test drive a new CTR from my local Harratts dealership. While I was there, I had a read of the brochure for the new Honda Civic Type R. It says that it boasts an incredible 305 brake horsepower!
Suspension and brakes
There is a vast improvement over previous models with the new Honda Civic Type R. We all know that the handling was good anyway. But, now it’s amazing!
You can enjoy pin-sharp handling, especially around the twisties. So, whether you’re driving on the road or the track, you won’t slip and slide. The new Honda Civic Type R also features a mechanical limited-slip differential too.
Having all that engine power and superb handling is brilliant. But, what about stopping power? The good news is that Honda has fitted a Brembo braking system as standard.
The car will get you from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. You need a decent braking setup, and the new CTR has it.
So, in conclusion, let me just say this: get off the Internet and go test drive a new CTR today!