Who doesn’t love a hot hatch? Take a small economy car with great utility, add some nice turbocharged power, sporty handling, and an aggressive baritone exhaust tone, and it’s almost guaranteed we enthusiasts will get a kick out of it. Do the specs match the price tag and bodywork? Our initial thought about the Honda Civic Type R pre-testing, and after driving such wildly-fun new hot hatches as the Hyundai Veloster N, was, is it really worth the premium over the Veloster N when they’re pretty close in power, weight, lap times, and even TCR racing podiums?
Does this latest 10th generation, 2020 Honda Civic Si 2-Door Coupe live up to the legendary Si badge? We think so.
Proving their deep commitment to touring car racing, Honda recently announced a new turn-key version of their Civic Type R to compete in the SRO TC America TC class.
How does the 2019 Civic Type R drive just on the street, and not the racetrack? Follow along as Tedward gives us a glimpse of the big turbo hatch’s daily-able manners.
We really dig this video by MotoIQ on fixing the under-appreciated EP3 Honda Civic Si’s suspension.
Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you’ll feel like you’re actually sitting in the driver’s seat.
When the CR-Z launched in 2010, Honda proposed that the car could trace its lineage back to the beloved CR-X, a diminutive 1980s era hatch that befitted from simple design and very light weight – under one ton in some configurations – which equated to spirited performance and nimble handling combined with excellent fuel economy and a low price tag.
And now for something different, but not completely different because it is part of a well-known theme: CycleKarts. CycleKarts fit somewhat neatly into the theme of low-cost racing, a theme that has been a constant refrain since at least the post-war period when racers wanted to race, but few had money. Relatively inexpensive sports cars (a new Austin-Healey Sprite sold for $1975 in 1959) became popular during that period, as did sports car clubs, which were mostly volunteer organizations set up to allow racers to race. In recent times, we’ve had karting and LeMons and ChumpCar World Series and other efforts to make road racing more attainable.
For many years now, Honda enthusiasts stateside have had to watch from the sidelines as European buyers hooned around the countryside in the hot-blooded Civic Type R while we had to make do with the Si model as the sportiest iteration available. That might be about to change.