Honda Civic Type-R

First drive: 2018 Honda Civic Type-R, Civic DCT & Clarity in Japan

First drive: 2018 Honda Civic Type-R, Civic DCT & Clarity in Japan

When we attended the Honda Meeting 2017 press conference in Japan, at the carmaker’s Tochigi R&D centre, we got an unexpected taste of some of the company’s latest products. The cars on hand to drive were the much-hyped Honda Civic Type-R, the new Honda Clarity range of hybrid/electric vehicles, and a Honda Civic Dynamic Study prototype. While our time with each of them was limited to a few minutes, if you ever get your hands on these on the same day, you’d have a completely different view of Honda as a carmaker than you would when walking into a local Honda showroom.

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History of the Honda Type-R

History of the Honda Type-R

Honda’s Type-R performance arm has made a name for itself in just over two decades of existence. With the recent launch of the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R in Europe, Cox Motor Parts has come up with this infographic showing all the Type-R models since the inception of the badge. It’s interesting to note that the first Type-R model was actually based on the NSX and then the Integra, long before the Civic made it popular, while the already-racy S2000 was never offered as a Type-R.

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2015 Honda Civic Type-R tested in Japan

2015 Honda Civic Type-R tested in Japan


The 2015 Honda Civic Type-R is nearing the end of its development stage, to the point where journalists from around the world, including the GCC, have been invited to briefly test the prototype in Japan this week. Of course, we weren’t invited. But the reviews are already coming in.

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Honda Civic Type R Mugen 2.2 upgrade

Honda Civic Type R Mugen 2.2 upgrade


An all-new European Honda Civic is on its way with spy shots and official teaser photos circulating on the internet. But emission restrictions have already ceased sales of the current stock Type-R across most of Europe this year. So keeping in line with the current trend of launching limited editions of limited editions, Mugen and Honda have upped the ante by launching a 2.2-litre version of the existing Civic Type-R Mugen.

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