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Honda Civic Type R review - ignore the looks, this is an astounding hot hatch - Performance and 0-60

Aesthetically displeasing perhaps, but the FK8 Civic Type R is magnificent. An honest real-world superhero

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  • Doesn’t drive like a hot hatch, but a superbly engineered sports car that happens to be front-wheel drive
  • Engine is hugely effective, but lacks some character. Just look at it…

Performance and 0-60mph time

One of the few elements carried over from the old car is the engine and gearbox. The 2-litre unit now develops an extra 10bhp, mainly through work on the mapping side of things and reducing back pressure in the exhaust.

Honda might not have chased the ultimate power output in the class, but let’s be fair, there’s nothing puny about 316bhp, particularly given that at 1,380kg the Type R is significantly lighter, for example, than a Ford Focus RS (1,524kg). So despite the obvious disadvantage of three pedals and a gear lever versus a twin clutch ‘box when ranged against the stopwatch, and the traction limitations of front-wheel drive (although the Civic's lack of wheel scrabble and torque steer is almost otherwordly), the Civic’s 0-62 time of 5.7 seconds is entirely respectable, and edges out a manual Seat Leon Cupra 300 by two tenths of a second.  

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