There’s not a single hot hatch that has outshone the FK8 Civic Type R since its 2017 launch, so now four years after its debut it’s received a mid-life update. Being so highly regarded, has Honda messed with the recipe? Adam Towler found out in our latest issue.
First impressions are good, as the changes seem (very) minor. Unfortunately that has also applied to its biggest sore point, the controversial design, with only a select few trim pieces redesigned and the grille enlarged for improved cooling. Thankfully, a Sport Line derivative will delete the wing and pinstriping should its looks be a little too much for you.
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The changes are equally subtle under the skin, with detail oriented-changes designed to trim the fat, rather than transform the experience. These include fettled aerodynamics to match changes made to the grille, adjusting the air dam under the nose. The brake discs are also now two-piece items, reducing unsprung mass with the aim to improve brake feel, and the suspension has picked up subtly revised componentry, new geometry and quicker-acting adaptive dampers.
The pre-facelift Type R proved to be not only our favourite hot hatch, but one of favourite driver’s cars of recent years, with it outperforming cars twice its value, so the stakes are high. So how have the changes been received?
To find out, pick up your copy of evo issue 280 to read Adam Towler’s full story. If you’ve been unable to make it to the shops, single issues are available for purchase via magsdirect.co.uk, or subscribe here.
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.