In certain circles, no other hot hatch will quite cut the mustard except for a Honda Civic Type R since the first version appeared in 1997. Enthusiasts would have their eye set on this car alone as it offered a blend of exceptional handling, analogue sensations, and a screamer of an engine.
Now, with the FK8 generation car, the Type R has changed. Grown up in key aspects, just as the company had first attempted with its FK2 predecessor. It retains much of the boy racer appeal, but considers the needs of a more aged individual, being offered (only) in more practical 5-door guise instead and adopting a turbocharged engine.
Still, it’s definitely not seemed to have softened its views on high performance front-driven hoonery. Honda’s team obviously put a lot of effort into the new Type R, merging new ideas with the old, in part to garner the favour of a broader [...]