After the release of European version of Civic in 2011, Honda
needed quite some time (5 years) to release the Type R model.
Since it made a lap record of 7:50.63 around Nürburgring
Nordschleife, 2016 Honda Civic Type R’s performance capability
The bodywork has been modified from simple and plain to
aggressive hot hatch look. At the front of the vehicle, there
are two space-consuming upper and lower grilles. The front
splitter attached to the bumper serves to reduce lift at high
speeds, while at the same time it redirects some of the air
toward the flat underside and rear diffuser, thus making the
car “sucked” onto the road. Functional vent outlets are placed
above the front wheels and behind them. When it comes to the
rear, that’s where the magic happens in terms of design.
However, the enthusiasts are not thrilled by the exterior and
claim that 2016 Honda Civic Type R is reminiscent of those
family minivans from early ‘90s.
Compared to the exterior, the interior is pretty modestly
designed. As typical for Type R models, gear lever is
made from machined aluminum alloy, while the front seats are
designed and sculpted to provide strong support and comfort for
the driver’s as well as passengers’ back. The cabin is mainly
black, but red details are found on almost all of its parts.
For instance, the black leather steering wheel is decorated
with red double-stitching leather inserts.
The heart and soul of this vehicle is direct-injected
turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder VTEC TURBO engine. Having
direct injection and VTEC valve technology that further boosts
low-end torque, 2016 Honda Civic Type R pumps out 306 hp and
295 pound-feet of torque. It has a short-shifting six-speed
manual which shifts the power to the front wheels.
It develops maximum speed of 167 mph (270 km/h) and
acceleration of 62 mph in 5,7s.
As for the brakes stopping this mean machine, they are
four-piston Brembo front calipers clamping down on 13.8-inch
drilled rotor, and are concealed behind a set of 19-inch alloy
wheels shod in 235/35 ZR 19 rubber.
Price and release date
2016 Honda Civic Type R was unveiled on March 4, at the 2015
Geneva Motor Show. Official price still remains unknown, but it
has been estimated that it will cost somewhere around $31,000.
Although the car fanatics are awaiting for the release of Honda
HR-V-Acura-sport-variant, this is quite a start.
Nürburgring Record 7’50″63