Many nerves and anticipation to get behind the wheel of the new Honda Civic Type R . In order to enjoy it, we move to Slovakia Ring circuit , near Bratislava , the capital of the Slovak Republic.
We had seen in photographs and design and seemed to us all an invitation to war . But beyond his samurai costume , the new Civic Type R radically changes over its predecessor in his heart, as the previous engine aspirated 2.0 petrol 201 hp is replaced by a new 2.0 turbocharged able to beat at 310 hp at 6,500 rpm . Injection cut is marked at 7,000 rpm , while the maximum torque of 400 Nm (40.8 mkg) at 2500 rpm , through a combination ofturbo generation and distribution VTEC .
Aggressive on the outside and inside
Its rear spoiler exorbitant size , large air intakes and body large rear air diffuser with four tailpipes are a declaration of intent. At first glance, the Honda Civic Type R looks very out of World Touring Car Championship WTCC. But no, it is a car that you can move in open traffic.
30 mm closer to the ground than other versions of the Civic , we enter the interior of the Type R . In the interior, a welcome us bacquet type sports seats . We adjust our seat properly secured our body and reaches as expected: the beginning of the battle. Press theStart button on the engine and turbo is initially displayed some ‘boring’ … a feeling that quickly disappears when we begin to accumulate meters and began to squeeze.
We began our struggle and the four-cylinder engine pushes violently take-all a pleasure almost to 7,000 rpm – all accompanied by an efficient six-speed manual transmission with short distances. We gain speed very quickly and easily up to 270 km / h self-limited top speed of electrónicamente- to the point that almost straight end we realize that we shot at 215 km / h, at which time we have to see how it responds the Brembo braking system . Its perforated front discs 350 mm in diameter ‘bitten’ by four pistons ‘nail’ the car, in order to make the turn at the right speed. The address, a delight, because it is very direct and precise.
The curves are happening, as well as the acceleration and braking brutal . The Civic Type Rresponds as expected from a car of this caliber we must remember that owns the absolute record in car Nürburgring fastest front-wheel drive – without hesitation war and asking to be enjoyed every second behind the wheel.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
As usual in this type of sports versions, the Honda Civic Type R has several driving modes , which provide a more convenient and logical for the day for those who want to use this car as ‘a mere means’ transport or a type of radical driving and specially designed to squeeze circuit. This mode of ‘special’ driving is called ‘ R’ and activate the extent of delivery of maximum torque varies throttle response and damping adjustment, adaptive and variable rate (in concrete terms, delivery engine becomes more immediate and aggressive, is the reduced steering assist and dampers increase their strength by 30 percent). After activating the ‘ R’ way, we can assure you that the sensations experienced are similar to a real car racing .
So the Civic Type R , a real wolf in wolf if you activate the magic key ‘ R’, if you do not you can enjoy a wild dog begins to tame and civilize. You choose what Civic Type R want to drive, the politically correct or that ‘dishevel’ a touch of a button.