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    by Hunter Skipworth, 22 Mar 2016

    Verdict: Honda's new super-hatch outguns rivals on paper, but edgy +R damping means UK drivers can't exploit its most extreme settings

    Evo Rating: 4 1/4 stars

    Price: £29,995

    For: + Dynamics, performance, engaging to drive

    Against: - Outlandish styling won’t suit all tastes

    evo Verdict

    When road, driver and conditions gel as one in the new Civic Type R, this is a hugely exciting car. At other times it can feel wooden, artificial and not as quick as the numbers suggest. Understanding why, and best exploiting the car in any given situation, may be a reason for buying one in itself, but overall it still feels like a car that just misses the mark.

    From its deeply divisive styling to its intense personality, the Civic Type R is a complex beast. Looks are always subjective, but it remains to be seen whether buyers at this price point will be swayed by the Honda’s more awkward angles. The cabin is a combination of great seats, gearshift and driving position, but an ergonomic layout that’s an acquired taste. Perhaps more serious are occasional dynamic foibles that call into the question the Civic’s dynamic repertoire when driven hard, and an engine that’s not without its shortcomings. Tying the more aggressive engine mapping to an overly stiff damping setting in +R is another obvious blunder. To access the best Civic, on UK roads at least, you're best leaving that +R button well alone.

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    Honda suspects the majority of buyers will opt for the GT pack, which adds satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control and various safety systems over and above the large equipment roster in the standard car. It won’t affect the way the car drives but might make it more pleasant to live with day to day.

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    ‘While the old car’s balance was biased towards understeer, this version is more neutral from turn-in to apex and also considerably more playful and responsive to a sharply lifted throttle or a keenly judged brake input, making it more engaging and enjoyable along a road.

    ‘While some will mourn the loss of the high-revving engines, the more progressive should instead celebrate the most complete Civic Type R yet.' Dan Prosser, Road Test Editor (evo 211).

    It's also worth pointing out, the Honda Civic Type-R placed 10th in our 2015 Car of the Year test. The Seat Leon Cupra Ultimate Sub 8 was the only hatch in front of it, coming in 8th.

    Performance and 0-60 time > Turbo power helps make this the fastest Civic ever, by quite some margin. Read all about the Honda Civic Type-R performance here

    Engine and gearbox > A slick manual gearbox and broad range of torque are standout features of the new Type R. Read all about the Honda Civic Type-R Engine and gearbox here

    Ride and handling > Pressing the +R button stiffens damping up too much for UK roads. The chassis is composed enough without. Read all about the Honda Civic Type-R Ride and handling here

    MPG and running costs > Respectable MPG and emissions figures are countered by expensive tyre replacement costs. Read all about the Honda Civic Type-R MPG and running costs here

    Prices, specs and rivals > The VW Golf R and Vauxhall Astra VXR are tough competition. But the Honda remains unique. Read all about the Honda Civic Type-r prices, specs and rivals here

    Interior and tech > Some will dislike the busy dash, but everyone can appreciate the sorted seating position. Read all about the Honda Civic Type-R Interior and tech here

    Design > The Honda's brash styling will be a swaying factor for many buyers.

    Honda Civic Type-R review - prices, specs and 0-60 time | Evo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    I like the disclaimer he puts in there reiterating that the Type R doesn't have all the electronic safety measures that it's all-wheel drive competitors have, so if you drive like an "a**", you'll be in trouble. As someone who's been driving a 2000 Civic Si for 13 years, I can appreciate that. That being said, I'm totally looking forward to getting myself into an RS later this year (hopefully...). Never driven an all-wheel drive beast before.

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    One day, Honda will get with the times and produce an AWD version of the Type R.
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    I will buy the next Type R if it ever makes its way stateside and isn't some kind of hybrid abomination.

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    Honda Civic Type R: PH Fleet Review

    by Matt Bird, May 03, 2016

    2,000 miles in, Matt is still finding aspects to love (and not love so much) about the Civic Type R

    "That's a boy racer's car."

    "No it isn't Grace, it's an incredibly exciting and quite expensive performance car."

    "Well then, if you can afford one you won't want something that looks like that."

    And so the debate about the Civic's styling wagers on. My friend Grace doesn't care about cars, but cared enough about the bewinged Honda to comment. Nearly everyone does, in fact, from neighbours to PHers to strangers at the petrol station. Mostly the response has been positive, the fact it's so dramatic usually drawing praise and enthusiasm. But then you'll be scowled at in the supermarket car park and realise not everyone appreciates the (apparently) Nurburgring-honed aero...

    Really this month's update should begin with an apology, an apology to all of those at the Santa Pod Sunday Service. I was terrible at drag racing, not doing justice to the Type R's performance and, worst of all, being beaten by Ben in his bloody TT as well. At least he's been incredibly modest in victory. I'm sorry. I was catching him though, honest.

    With a good start we'd have easily won (excuses, I know) because the Honda is just so damn quick. Even when getting into it straight from cars like the M4 GTS and Elise Cup 250, the way it boosts and goes is shocking. And very entertaining. But it's nice to discover new traits also. Because while you can have a lot of fun with the shift lights ablaze chasing every last rev, it's nearly as rewarding at lower revs too. So strong is the mid-range and so satisfying is the gearbox that going up and down through third, fourth and fifth on a B-road is more fun than you might think. Yes, it's not the traditional Type R way, but it's a new and welcome dimension to the performance.

    Another is how refined it is on the motorway. Again, not usually a Type R strong point, but of course now it will sit at around 2,500rpm at the legal limit rather than buzzing away beyond 4,000. And when you're being brake checked on the M1 by half-wits wanting to race, a car that keeps you calm is welcome... That torque ensures overtakes are easy too. VTEC purists will be calling for my head here, but the point is that the new Type R is far more usable (and enjoyable) at saner commitment levels than the aesthetic might suggest. It even streamed Four Thought to the stereo very well from my phone...

    Sorry yes, Type R. Racing. Hot hatch. This month I've also done some experimenting with the '+R' mode, because Honda makes a lot of fuss about it. I won't be doing it again. Yes, the sharper throttle is welcome given how torpid the standard response is, but the ride becomes too harsh and the red illuminated dials are annoying. It's that or nothing too, with none of the individual configurability found in rivals. Selecting +R also appears to change the source button on the wheel, meaning it no longer controls the audio but instead the different racing displays. Not sure on that one, but will investigate further. There is a 0-60mph timer though, plus a quarter-mile one, so perhaps Lowden and I need a rematch.

    Elsewhere the news is good, really good; get beyond the looks and it's just a fabulous car to drive. The filler cap has broken but I think that was much my eagerness to get more fuel in and start driving again. In a couple of weeks the Civic is leading a PH convoy out to Wales, including a day at Anglesey, where I think it will be shown in a very good light indeed.

    FACT SHEET
    Car: 2016 Honda Civic Type R GT
    Run by: Matt
    On fleet since: March 2016
    Mileage: 2,307 (delivered on 625)
    List price new: £32,960 (Type R GT at £32,295, plus £525 for Championship White paint and £140 for Elegance Floor Carpets
    Last month at a glance: A Type R that rewards at less than flat out? Whatever next?

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    By Chris Chilton, 10 May 2016

    ► We’re spending six months with a Type R
    ► Optioned with GT Trim and pearlescent paint
    ► Invisible to police radar? We better hope so...

    Diary update: a second opinion on our CTR

    My first go in the Honda Civic Type R - and I came away pleasingly surprised. Where I was expecting thuggish road manners and a rock-hard ride, I found a remarkably rounded hot hatch.

    Expectations were set by the stealth black paintwork with matching ebony alloys set off with scarlet rim-rings. That huge rear wing. All the aero addenda and air vents peppering the normally oh-so-sensible Civic bodyshell. I mean, just look at it. It's a thug's car, isn't it?

    Actually, no. When you look past the garish red seatbelts and concentrate on actually driving the thing, there's polish aplenty. There's little slack in the drivetrain and the R's gearchange is a tactile delight, making it easy to pootle around town. And then you notice the ride, which is more absorbent than I was expecting, and the well-weighted, chunky steering lending a nimbleness hitherto unknown to Civickind.

    It's not quite a sheep in wolf's clothing, but it certainly has a softer side, the Civic Type R. Stay tuned to see what it's like on the ragged edge. Can the inner devil, the R's dark side be woken on a cross-country blast? Our long-term test review is sure to find out...

    Month 1 running a Honda Civic Type R: the introduction to our long-term test

    ‘I’m bigger and bolder and rougher and tougher, in other words sucker there is no other.’ Even with the help of a product-planning crystal ball like Georg Kacher’s, it’s unlikely that ’90s Dutch hard house duo Human Resource had the latest 168mph Civic Type R in mind when they released 1991’s Dominator.

    But given the unarguable Max Power connotations of the latest Type R’s theatrically overblown styling and the way the hot Civic has commanded the affordable performance car conversation of late, they seem like a good pairing. Right down to the Hoover sound effects.

    This car is hardcore to look at and to drive. But what about to live with? That’s what we’ll be finding out over the next six months. We already know from last July’s Giant Test how good the Civic is to send down a Welsh B-road. But the fact that it comes with (and only with) five doors for the first time, and that the new turbocharged engine doesn’t just bring more power, but vastly improved flexibility, suggests this might be the most useable Type R yet.

    Type Rs come in two flavours, the regular car for £29,995 on the road or the GT for £32,295. They’re all but identical from the outside, both coming with 19in alloys, deeply sculpted front seats and that gigantic rear spoiler plus keyless start, active city braking and a reversing camera.

    But we went for the GT, judging the £2300 premium a fair exchange for the posher model’s 320W Garmin multimedia system, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate and parking sensors. On top of that there’s the peace of mind that comes from a suite of safety systems that includes blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and traffic-sign recognition.

    The latter will ensure we’re never in any doubt how many multiples over the speed limit we’re going. This is a rapid machine, far quicker in the real world than suggested by the 5.7sec 0-62mph time, which would surely be in the fours were the Civic anything but front-wheel drive. That said, with the standard limited-slip diff marshaling the distribution of rations to the front tyres, traction is impressive given the power output, and the lack of torque steer commendable.

    If only the styling was as controlled. It’s an aggressive-looking package, but not entirely well resolved. The way the 19in wheels fail to fill the arches is disappointing, and the weird overhang aft of the rear wheels looks plain odd. But beyond that there’s the inescapable feeling that it looks plain embarrassing. Maybe it’s the colour, a pearlescent black at £525, the only option fitted to our car. Black is one of only five hues available, and in theory, the least shouty, but the Championship White version I first drove last year would be my choice.

    Whatever exterior colour you choose, you get the same slightly garish red-and-black interior trim, a theme that works better on the seats than the fat-rimmed wheel. The driving position, the seat support and the gearshift is excellent and a red R+ button behind the chunky wheel switches the instrument backlighting from saintly white to a devilish red while also sharpening the throttle response, tweaking the steering map and tightening the standard adaptive dampers by a significant 30%.

    Will I be reaching for that button again and again, or just the headache pills and a niqab whenever we have to drive it in public? We’ll find out next month.

    Logbook: Honda Civic Type R
    Engine 1996cc 16v turbo, 306bhp @ 6500rpm, 295lb ft @ 2500rpm
    Gearbox 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
    Stats 5.7sec 0-62mph, 168mph, 170g/km
    Price £32,295
    As tested £32,820
    Our mpg 26.5
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    Honda Civic Type R (2016) long-term test review by CAR Magazine
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