Honda of Japan Releases Civic Type R Track Footage

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Ride along as a pro driver takes the reigns of the new Civic Type R.

As it says on the video title, Honda’s Civic Type R is fun to drive, and Honda wants us to know exactly why. Now, speakers of the Civic’s native tongue will be able to follow along a bit better than others, but all the main points are covered from track prowess, to every day driving manners.

Honda pushes the “fun to drive” factor with the new Type R’s active suspension. It’ll react to the given drive modes in the car to set the car up for sporty driving, comfortable driving, or the car’s main purpose, driving at 10/10ths. In the video they talk about this. Probably.

An obvious factor to fun is a manual transmission. With the disappearance of that third extra pedal, it’s refreshing for the purists to be able to pick their own gears, and in addition, that gearbox leads to a proper limited slip differential. But then of course, there’s the engine.

Despite a smaller displacement, a lower rev limit, and the addition of a turbo, the benefits are quite obvious. Horsepower at 305 is going to upset exactly no one, and 295 lb/ft of torque absolutely make things fun to drive.

All of that leads to a driving experience that’s relatively unlike what you’d expect from a front wheel drive car. Torque steer is at a minimum and Honda’s Agile Handling Assist does exactly what it sounds like it does.

Honda, it appears has hailed the new Civic Type R as the most enjoyable iteration yet. Would you agree?

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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