27 February 2019

The Honda Civic Type R is arguably today's greatest hot hatchback. Decades of Type R innovation has brought us to the point where the latest Civic is pushing more than 300bhp through its front wheels.

So, how did we get here? What defines a great Type R and, indeed, a great front-wheel drive driver's car at all?

We take a Civic to revisit one of the greatest Type Rs ever and, perhaps, the best front-wheel drive driver's car of all time: the Integra Type R, the small coupe that was among the first Type Rs in Europe, and whose VTEC engine went on to define Honda's performance brand.


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jer 28 February 2019

I thought this was great also

How about an Alfa Sud (just realised that's Alfa South!). My first car a Fiat 127 GT (Ok biased),  Matt Prior the new WilI.i.am Woollard :)

Matthew Langton 27 February 2019

Great review

Great review. You might want to do one on the 2000 Tommi Makinen Edition EVO 6.5. Often considered one of the greatest drivers cars of all time.

eseaton 27 February 2019

Lovely stuff, Matt. 

Lovely stuff, Matt.  Completely agree about the peak 15 to 20 years ago.  

512TR v 812 Superfast.