The Japanese automaker has decided to allow us to take a closer look at the new front-wheel-drive production car record holder around the famed Nurburgring track.
Fortunately, the automaker hasn’t used the same strategy as with the previous generation Type R, which was introduced quite late in the Civic’s life cycle, mostly because now the development phase included both the regular and hot hatch versions, allowing the brand to introduce the range topping version so quickly after presenting the tenth generation Civic. The new generation is also bringing a premiere – the very first real global Type R model, arriving in time to honor 25 years since the company released their first Type R-branded car — the 1992 NSX Type R. The first Civic Type R appeared in Japan in 1997 packing a 1.6-liter engine – the very first one in the world to get more than 100 hp per liter in a standard production car. The first European Civic Type R appeared in 2001 as the second generation of the hot hatchback.
The previous generation Civic Type R has only been around since 2015 but already the Japanese automaker is readying the sales introduction of the new version that will reach production duties starting this summer. It’s going to be produced in Swindon, U.K. for all markets – and already has high credentials, after lapping the Nürburgring in just 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds to become the quickest production front wheel drive car on the Green Hell. This is mostly due to the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine packing 320 horsepower and 400 Newton-meters of torque, linked exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Prices in the US kick off at $34,775 but in the UK it goes for at least £30,995 – which is about $40,172.