Is the Civic Type R The Best Driver Car For Under $50k?

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The Civic Type R is finally here and it’s a 306-horsepower, turbo monster.

The Civic Type R is here and ready to carve canyons. This R badge is designed like the previous R’s: to eliminate unnecessary weight and add maximum performance. The original-U.S. bound Type R debuted in 1997 and had a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that produced 195 hp, and wore an Acura badge. Now two decades later we get a the Civic Type R with 306 hp and 295 lb ft torque, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, dubbed the K20C1. The latest R has a six-speed manual filled with that classic Honda shift feel. It’s top speed is 169 mph, so the large wing does it’s job providing downforce, keeping the the car glued to the road.

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In this Motor Trend video, Jethro Bovingdon tests the Civic Type R on some delicious twisty roads. He expresses how the Type R provides tremendous traction and the more throttle you feed it, the more the front end is pulls toward the apex. He then has four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon push the R-badged Civic on the Streets of Willow. Despite not having driven a front-wheel drive car ‘since he was a teen,’ Dixon delivered a blistering lap time.

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He seemed to enjoy the spirit of the Type R, and clocked a 1:25:07, he seemed to enjoy the performance, too. That’s a little less than a second slower than the 2017 BMW M2. For the cost, the Civic Type R has a lot to offer.

Patrick Stevenson is an Internet Brands' contributor to 6SpeedOnline, Honda-Tech, Corvette Forums,, and MBworld. He is also a host on The Motor Affair Podcast.

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