After copious amounts of teasing, Honda finally unveiled the next generation 2018 Civic Type-R at the Geneva Motorshow. Reactions ranged from outright joy to something just short of bafflement, whereas the new ride definitely goes to extremes while still reeling in the more unwieldy aspects of previous instalments and prototypes. Nevertheless, this anything-but-typical four door, which resembles a flashy racing car inside and out, appears as though it was uploaded directly from the fantasies of a young boy who just happened upon reruns of Speed Racer. It also plays into the broader trend at Geneva of injecting the speedway experience into the traditionally tame (but dependable) sedan.
On the outside, the Type-R uses LED lighting on the front and rear, 20-inch alloy wheels, front and side splitters and a vortex generator to get the message across that Honda means business. Under the skin is a 2.0 litre i-VTEC Turbocharged Engine that can only be found on Civic Type R models. That engine is expected to provide up to 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, however those numbers vary slightly depending on country, as will other specs. Controlling the suspension is an Adaptive Damper System that will make sure the new Type-R handles those twists and turns with absolute precision. Also available to owners are three driving modes that will affect things like damping and throttle response–those modes are Comfort, Sport and +R.
Inside the cabin are race-inspired lightweight red/black bucket seats to ensure comfort and resilience, meaning they can handle your commute to work just as ably as they can your next drag race. For your interactive pleasure is a 7-inch screen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a Customizable Digital Meter Display that gives you enhanced access to things like boost pressure and track times. For those who used to exclaim “vroom vroom!” as you made aggressive steering wheel motions as a kid, Honda might have released a sedan just for you.