The Honda Civic Type R’s performance is undeniable
Living with our long-term 2018 Honda Civic Type R every day, we tend to forget just how special it is. The car manages to put 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque through its front tires and somehow remains an incongruously friendly commuter or road tripper capable of returning up to 35 mpg (6.7 L/100 km).
Here’s a short list of its front-wheel-drive production car performance bona fides.
The Civic Type R holds the front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit (7:43.8).
In our testing, it also holds the FWD lap record at Laguna Seca (1:44.22), as well as Streets of Willow (1:25.07).
The Civic Type R holds the FWD lap record on our figure-eight test (24.3 sec).
The Civic Type R’s 99-foot stop from 60 mph is the shortest for front-wheel-drive cars we’ve tested.
Capable of 1.01 g in lateral acceleration, the Civic Type R is the grippiest front driver MT has tested.
At 5.4 seconds to 60 mph, the Civic Type R is the quickest FWD car on our clock.
With a Quarter-Mile Time of…
Its 13.7-second quarter-mile E.T. and 105.9-mph (170.4-km/h) trap speed are also tops for front-wheel-drive cars we’ve tested.
Until something else comes along to knock the mighty Civic Type R off this throne, it is the best-performing front-drive car there is … or ever was.
More on our long-term Civic Type R here:
- Update 1: Commuter Duty
- Update 2: Type R IRL
- Update 3: J. Loh Approved, Mostly
- Update 4: A Pilot’s Take
- Update 5: Finally Taking It on the Road