The term "hot hatch" has a lovely ring to it, but "hot sedan" from the outset seems an all new kettle of fish. Not so for the sedan version of Honda's Civic Type R...
Bearing the heart of a performance car with its naturally aspirated 2.0-litre unit, this scorching sedan should convince all who would suggest the Civic sedan is only really suited to those ready to leap towards the light otherwise.
The i-VTEC unit dispatches 165 kW at a howling 8 000 r/min and 215 Nm of torque at 6 100 r/min. It is coupled with a short-shift six-speed manual gearbox with gear ratios optimized for rapid acceleration at high engine speeds. Drive-by-wire technology ensures more rapid throttle response.
The aerodynamically crafted exterior's gaping grille, large air intakes, diffusers and spoilers conceal a more rigid body shell, a specially tuned sports suspension with revised spring and damper settings and torque-sensitive limited slip differential that, along with other performance-boosting features, aid Civic in achieving its performance goals.
This Type R rides on 18-inch rubber with stopping power provided by four-piston aluminium calipers at the front linked to the sturdy ABS system.
Inside its all-black cabin, the performance sedan is fitted with front bucket seats, a sports steering wheel, and a foot rest and pedals finished in metal. The special instrument panel incorporates an alert function to signal when the rev limiter is about to be reached.
The hatchback version of the new Civic Type R will launched to the South Africa media imminently. The sedan version will only be released in Japan.