The Honda Civic Type R is the best car in its class thanks to an incredible engine.
We already knew the Honda Civic Type R was something special when it lapped the Nurburgring faster than any other front-wheel-drive car ever before. Now we have the wonderful Engineering Explained here to tell us just why the Type R is such an incredible car.
Engineering Explained starts us off with an article from Motor Trend magazine where they pitted the Type R against three other fast compacts in its class: the Ford Focus RS, the Subaru WRX STI Type RA, and the VW Golf R.
In almost every single category tested, the Type R destroyed the competition. The only two spots where the Civic was best was in the zero to sixty category, where the Focus RS came in at 4.7 seconds to the Type R’s 5.0 seconds, and the quarter-mile race, where again the Focus RS finished in 13.5 seconds compared to the Type R’s 13.7 seconds.
But the Type R finished the quarter-mile traveling at a faster speed than the Focus RS: 105.9 mph compared to 101.2 mph. The Type R was also the fastest car to reach 70 mph (6.6 seconds, beating the RS at 6.7 seconds), the fastest to 100 mph (12.2 seconds), had the shortest braking distance (99 ft from 60 mph to zero) and tied with the RS for most lateral Gs (1.01).
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The real test was on the track. Around Motor Trend’s test track, the Civic posted a time of 1:25.45, the RS at 1:26.56, the STI at 1:27.56, and the Golf at 1:27.90.
On top of that, the Civic was way cheaper than any of the other car’s tested. Combined fuel mileage for the Type R is 25 mpg, and the Type R starts at just $34,990 (Only the STI even comes close at $36,595). And the Type R is also best on maintenance--the engine doesn’t need anything but fluids and filters until you pass 100,000 miles.
Check out the Engineering Explained video for more on just how Honda makes such a magical car with an incredible engine.