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Bespoke styling for no extra cost makes the limited edition Honda Civic Type R Black Edition a good buy

Our Verdict

Honda Civic Type-R
Honda's new Civic Type R is powered by a 306bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine

Probably the most capable front-wheel-drive car in production today, with only limited edition specials getting close

10 February 2017

What is it?

A short on-sale stint of only a couple of years could make the current Honda Civic Type R feel like a bit of a flash in the collective hot hatch pan, but it’s had an enduring impact despite that. As if being the first turbocharged Type R wasn’t headline enough, it also delivers an aggressive, rather uniquely hardcore experience that sets it apart from rivals such as the Ford Focus RS, and even the Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport S.

Only 100 of these Black Edition cars will be produced, as a swansong for this wonderfully banzai hot hatch before its successor replaces it later this year. There are no mechanical changes, so don’t get too excited. You do, however, get the hazard-warning red and black exterior styling, and an interior with more black finish than usual, too. And all for the same £32,300 as the standard Civic Type R GT model that it’s based on.

 

What's it like?

It’s hard to imagine what could be more conspicuous than the big-winged, chin-heavy, unashamedly posturing standard Civic Type R. The Black Edition manages it, though. Those rims, the red-tipped park bench of a wing, the contrasting underline of that front splitter. Short of inventing some kind of hot hatch haka intimidation dance, nothing in this class says ‘get out of my way’ with quite such forcefulness. 

Of course, it drives just like any other Type R. Cue the frantic, white-eyed power delivery, the wonderfully short, tight gearshift, a front end that turns in and grips with face-distorting eagerness, and suspension that's firm but acceptable in standard mode and outright uncomfortable in R+. It’s a single-minded joy.The interior upgrades for the Black Edition do suit the Type R’s rather overt character. Sure, the red trim surround to the vents feels a bit cheap, but the seats are more black-with-a-bit-of-red rather than the vice-versa seat design of the normal Type R, which many (including us) will prefer.

On top of that, you get all the comforts of GT trim, including a rear parking camera, touchscreen sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, cruise control and comfortable but super-supportive sports seats.

Should I buy one?

There are only a handful left that haven’t been sold, so you need to be quick. As we’ve mentioned, the Type R has a rather unique appeal in this class, being the least fettered with concerns of everyday refinement and comfort. It really does feel like a BTCC car for the road, and if that appeals, then you should absolutely buy one. So it follows that if you like the Black Edition’s looks, you should buy one of those. It’s fantastic fun even in pretty mundane use, let alone given maximum attack on a circuit, and this special edition’s rarity factor is an added bonus – particularly given that it costs the same as standard GT trim.

Honda Civic Type R Black Edition 

Location Surrey, UK; On sale Now; Price £32,300; Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power 306bhp at 6500rpm; Torque 295lb ft at 2500rpm; Gearbox Six-speed manual; Kerb weight 1382kg; Top speed 168mph; 0-62mph 5.7sec; Economy (combined) 38.7mpg; CO2/BIK tax band 170g/km, 33% Rivals Ford Focus RS, VW Golf GTi Clubsport

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10 February 2017
"There are only a handful left that haven’t been sold, so you need to be quick" there were a 100 for sale nearly 5 weeks ago when Auto first run this advert, I commented "That'll be because no one want's to pay over the top for a Type R as opposed to an RS". Looks like I was right.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

10 February 2017
xxxx wrote:

"There are only a handful left that haven’t been sold, so you need to be quick" there were a 100 for sale nearly 5 weeks ago when Auto first run this advert, I commented "That'll be because no one want's to pay over the top for a Type R as opposed to an RS". Looks like I was right.

They cost over £32,000, are aimed at a, by hothatch standards, small niche market and they have sold almost all in just 5 weeks. Looks like you were wrong.

Citroëniste.

10 February 2017
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:
xxxx wrote:

"There are only a handful left that haven’t been sold, so you need to be quick" there were a 100 for sale nearly 5 weeks ago when Auto first run this advert, I commented "That'll be because no one want's to pay over the top for a Type R as opposed to an RS". Looks like I was right.

They cost over £32,000, are aimed at a, by hothatch standards, small niche market and they have sold almost all in just 5 weeks. Looks like you were wrong.

They were saying that over 5 weeks ago.
Small niche market - not that tiny, S3, RS3, Golf R's, Focus RS have probably sold more without special editions.
How can I be wrong if Autocar said they would be in short supply 5 weeks ago yet are still for sale.
When sales pick up of the new Civic this car will look like a plastic dinosaur. Expect BIG discounts

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

10 February 2017
So this "Black Edition" has a rear parking camera, auto lights and wipers, climate control, even cruise control. Whatever happened to the Honda Type-R ethos of keeping things light and simple? You know, powerful, revvy engine allied with stiffened body shell, no soundproofing and wind-up windows. This latest machine is just another flash motor for a wealthy jack the lad.

289

10 February 2017
What a hateful looking 'juke box on wheels'!
No wonder its struggling.

10 February 2017
Add some gold coloured wheels and you're good to go.

10 February 2017
Add some gold coloured wheels and you're good to go.

10 February 2017
So far I have seen only one Type R on the road. Compare that to GTIs and GTDs and Rs that are crawling every where like disturbed red ants. Needless to say it catches the eye in traffic like something on fire would. Isn't that the purpose of hot hatch? I would love to take one around Nurburgring but to work? Yes. Oh yes. Ten years ago. Now though it's another matter.

10 February 2017
Not everybody likes to drive round in white Fiesta styles like you lot,The Civic is fantastic for its small select aficionados, its wacky, great to drive and will still be going in ten years time.( here's looking at you RS owners)

10 February 2017
A limited edition of only 100? If you miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity then no probs, just take the std car down to Halfords and hey presto...

You'd think a manufacturer like Honda could do a tad better than simply paint a few bits of plastic a different colour to call it 'special'.

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