Could I live with it? No problem
The Honda Civic Type R Championship White's handling is in part due to the suspension, which is firm to the point of being brutal at times, but this can be overlooked and accepted as part of the deal. I don't often mention the brakes but during my test week I had occasion to use them in earnest. The ABS with EBA and EBD did an excellent job of bringing the car to a quick stop, in a straight line.
Inside, the Honda Civic Type R offers all the practicality of folding seats to increase the boot space from 485- to 1352-litres, and covers all the needs for family motoring but still manages to look fresh in terms of styling. Indeed, the floating information display and backlit dials, in red of course, still look the part after a good few years and the only disappointment for me was some of the materials. The brushed-aluminium effect panels on the door handles and centre console are made from a hard plastic and look a little tacky as does the plastic fuel filler cap and although the test car had only done around 3,500 miles, albeit by journalists, the armrest was beginning to come loose. Could I live with it? No problem.
The Honda Civic Type R GT Championship White, Type R, or any CTR for that matter, delivers so much fun with surprising agility that you could forgive it for anything. The bad boy is still bad.3 February 2009
Honda Civic Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda Civic Type R GT Championship White 2.0 i-VTEC|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||146 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3 year / 90,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 03/02/09)||£20,140 OTR|