As we all know, historically Germany’s south suffered through World War Two and remained in ruins. However, over the past thirty so years, Dresden citizens began rebuilding it to its former glory.
I guess you can say Honda’s Type R lineage has suffered similarly, as allied forces bombed the badge into retirement in 2012. During this absence, Honda chose to quietly rebuild its performance arm.
Welcome, the all-new Civic Type R. Rebuilt and arriving this September in the Australian market at $50,990.
Succeeding the UK and Japan exclusive, the 2015 model has been armed with an all-new chassis, heavily revised suspension and tougher 2.0 litre turbo four.
The turbocharged Honda Civic Type R hits 235kW, not only bringing more power, but a change of character as well. However, for their Australian range, engineers have wound back the fuel flow in like with the 2015 Civic Type R at 228kW due to our hot weather and poor fuel quality.
However, with don’t be disheartened, Honda reckons in both Aussie and European models, the all-new Civic can clip 100km/h in 5.7 seconds, and if the road’s long enough the Civic Type R can clip 272km/h.
There is no dramatic engine noise either, besides a small whistle from a deflating turbocharger when the throttle plate closes. However, the rides polished, you won’t suffer tinnitus on highways.
Offered only with a six-speed manual, there’s spherical titanium gear knob, which moulds nicely to your palm and drives into each gate with a satisfying snick.
But not only can this Civic conquer Autobahns, its 7 minute and 43.8 second Nurburgring lap time tore seven seconds out of the old model’s effort!
The Civic’s lighter, has a stiffer chassis, strengthened suspension mounting points and swapped its rear torsion beam for a multi-link setup.
Compared to the 2015 model, the all-new Civic feels rock solid at high speeds due to the 20-inch wheels hanging over a 95mm longer wheelbase, sitting 65mm further apart on the new rear track. This allows the Civic Type R to keep excellent directional stability over 160km/h.
This gives the Type R a broad range of ride compliance without sacrificing grip. Also, the redesigned dual-axis front suspension system and helical LSD give it phenomenal traction, and feel under full throttle at corner-exit.
But what lets the new all-Civic Type R down?
Although the seats are extremely comfortable and well bolstered, the interiors do feel solid.
There are also no satellite-navigation on Aussie models, which is much needed for driving on our confusing Sydney roads.
The darty is also just off centre, requiring quick corrections to keep a smooth cornering.
Finally, the dual-pinion electric steering rack robs the car of much needed taciltity with the numb steering feel.
2018 Honda Civic Type R Specifications
Engine 2.0-litre inline four, DOHC, 16v, turbo
Power 228kW @ 6500rpm
Torque 400Nm @ 2500rpm
Kerb weight (EU) 1380kg
Max speed 272km/h
Brakes four-piston calipers, 350mm ventilated (f); 305mm solid discs (r)
0-100km/h 5.7sec (claimed)
Fuel consumption 7.7 litres per 100km (claimed combined cycle)
Price $50,990 (AU)