North American enthusiasts have been dreaming of the day that Honda would bring their hardcore, track-bred version of the Civic, the Type-R, to our shores for twenty long years. The wait is finally over. The 2018 Honda Civic Type-R has finally arrived, and it appears to be quite good.
The new Type-R has already claimed the title of the fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nurburgring, which means that it has serious performance potential. It certainly looks the part as well, with all those wild scoops and ducts and fins that make it look a bit cartoonish and in your face. One would assume then that the driving experience is totally over the top.
Surprisingly though, it appears as though Honda engineered the Type-R to be a rather tame and sorted hot hatchback. The exhaust is somewhat muted, the acceleration from 306 horsepower turbocharged engine is merely quick rather than neck-snapping, and the drive is free of any dramatic torque-steer or spine-jarring ride. The Type-R is more of a regular Civic than many were probably expecting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s no good. Its livability might make it one of the best hot hatchbacks to use of a daily basis. Watch for a full review in the coming months. In the meantime, check out Doug Demuro’s thought below to learn more.