Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R Review: “Its performance is impressive as it is” by Hiroshi Matsushita

The Civic Type R really is an excellent car. By writing it that way, it would be difficult to tell it apart from other cars, thus exaggeratingly speaking, its performance was actually very impressive.

What impressed me about it was that it moves just the way I expected it to. Its engine linearly worked as I stepped on the accelerator, and it immediately reached high speeds as its turbo accelerated. Particularly, when I pressed the +R button, its acceleration feel was intense as I drove it from low speed.

When I steadily managed its responsive steering operation, it also responded with minute steering changes and really changed direction. It has a high-capacity suspension system so it has excellent stability when driving on the highway, and it also has stable cornering. And yet, its solid ride feel is not bad even when driving in town areas. When I stepped on its brake, its powerful deceleration gear took action.

It works just as the driver intends. I felt comfortable when I drove the car, and that alone was already impressive.

The Civic Type R achieved a fastest lap time of 7:50 minutes at the 24 Hours Nürburgring, and it was being developed to achieve various performances at the 200km/h range. Because of that, even though I only test drove it for a while on the public highway, I felt that the Civic Type R is a very excellent car.

It’s unfortunate that it is UK-manufactured, and only 750 units will be released in Japan. Furthermore, there have already been over 10,000 potential customers who got in touch for purchase negotiations, so sales have already been closed.

Its 4.28 million yen price is reasonably expensive. But considering its performance and specifications, it is economical. New units of this car are no longer available in the market so there’s no other choice but to aim for second-hand units, but there are also buyers of those new units who would increase its price to sell it again. It is expected that the second-hand cars would have high prices when they first show up. I hope you can buy your own unit once its price settles down, and its premiumness has passed.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Hiroshi Matsushita | Car Critic

Born in 1951 in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. Former journalist for the car industry and editor of a car magazine, now a freelancer. Known for his strengths in economic discussions of cars and money, such as tax, insurance, and various expenses. Writes an online diary.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)