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?
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.
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.
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.
Though Acura is the upscale division of Honda, the Integra still reaps the aspects—both positive and negative—of being related to a car group that’s considered by many to be the most exuberant, extroverted, and insanely-dedicated collection of import enthusiasts in the world. Yes, that’s the group that often receives the criticism for the wings, the stickers, and bumblebee exhaust, and to be honest, some of it may be deserved. But when it comes to truly wicked performance rides like the Integra Type-R, there’s no shame in bowing to the Honda performance Gods, and once you get past the show-before-go crowd, the Integra enthusiast community is truly an exciting place to be.
Don’t think for a moment that there aren’t a couple million Acura Integras with big wings, body kits, and faux R badges running around the country. These clones can make finding a true R something of a challenge, but there are some sure-fire ways to separate the purebloods from the mixed breeds.
Hold on a second you V-8 guys and gals. This isn’t some stickered up import left over from the set of The Fast and The Furious. In fact, it’s not really stickered up at all, save for the blazing red Rs plastered on both rear quarter panels and the back hatch. These red emblems weren’t purchased at local parts stores, however; they were installed at the factory, along with a host of engine and suspension upgrades that turned the Integra into a true performance legend.