The new British-made Honda Civic Type R made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show and, in doing so, has shortened the gap between regular and super-fast examples of this car going on sale. With 316bhp and 295lb ft on tap, it’s slightly more powerful than the last model – which has led Honda to confirm the new car will be making an attempt at the Nurburgring front-wheel drive lap record.
The model’s project boss, Hideki Kakinuma, says that the new car is more comfortable than the last one – being more biased towards ride compliance than before. He commented: ‘Some rivals focus on extreme performance and others are going in the comfort direction. We want to go right in the middle.’
More comfortable, but more than £30k
Now in its tenth generation, the latest Civic remains as unconventionally styled as the last four – although the Type R treatment is rather less extreme than in models that came before. Honda’s factory in Swindon is more busy than ever building the new Civic, and is hitting record numbers. There’s an aggressive growth plan built around the new model, which the company says should attract more customers away from rival manufacturers.
The Civic Type R is set to go on sale in the UK this autumn and, although prices have yet to be confirmed, it’s expected that they will rise slightly, with the car hitting showrooms at a little more than £30,000 before options.