Evolution of the Civic Type R

Evolution of the Civic Type R

With the release of WhatCar?’s Car Of The Year getting ever closer, let’s take a look at the Honda Civic Type R’s proud lineage and how far it’s come since it’s 1997 release.

1997 Honda Civic Type R
With an all-time high of 8,200 rpm and 185PS, the 1997 Honda Civic Type R was a monster. But it was efficient too, with 22.8mpg and a massive 45-litre fuel tank. Powerful and practical — no wonder it's one of the most popular cars in the world.

1997 Honda Civic Type R
With an all-time high of 8,200 rpm and 185PS, the 1997 Honda Civic Type R was a monster. But it was efficient too, with 22.8mpg and a massive 45-litre fuel tank. Powerful and practical — no wonder it's one of the most popular cars in the world.

2001 Honda Civic Type R
Manufactured in the UK and known to petrolheads far and wide as “the EP3 model”, the 2001 Honda Civic Type R solidified the Type R name in the UK – and long may it reign. The first of the Type-R family to use the now legendary Type R K20-series engines, which were also used in the stunning Honda-powered Ariel Atom. The EP3 set the benchmark for handling and performance at a price that the competitors simply couldn’t match. No wonder it coined the advertising slogan 'Bye bye, GTI'.
 

2007 Honda Civic Type R
The fourth Civic Type R stuck to the series’ strengths with fantastic handling. The updated K20 engine produced 198 bhp and was mated to an updated six-speed gearbox. But the hot hatch had a much more modern look – sharper, fiercer. And with later models coming with a standard LSD and the famous Type R Championship White paint, its place in Type R history was set.

2015 Honda Civic Type R
The 2015 Type R is a world record-breaking beast – and also the first Type R with both a turbo-charged engine and five doors. The production-ready concept car broke the world record for ‘fastest lap time in a front-wheel drive car’ around the Nürburgring race track, beating even the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 supercar. Let that sink in for second. A £30,000 Honda hot hatch beat a £147,330 Lamborghini supercar around the Nürburgring.

2017 Honda Civic Type R
Here it is, WhatCar?’s 2017 ‘Car of the Year’, as voted for by you: the latest, greatest Honda Civic Type R, expected to push out around 340BHP. For more info and to register your interest, please contact our sales team today.

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