Is the 2016 Honda Civic Type R too much car for the road?There's finally a new Civic Type R in town, but has Honda gone one step too far with this new model?
[MUSIC] It's been a while since the last Honda Civic Type R bowed out. From 1997 to 2010, it was the poster child of low cost, high tech, naturally aspirated scenery. Now though in 2015 its back and this time its got a turbo. The new type R comes with a two leader turbocharged engine that kicks out 306 brake horsepower and 295 pound feet. Naught to 62 happens in 5.7 seconds and its top speed is 167 miles per hour. That's quick, and not just any kind of quick. That's the kind of fast that makes [UNKNOWN] look a little bit slow around the [UNKNOWN] ring. [UNKNOWN] around the ring in 750.63. That's about 3 seconds quicker than in the [UNKNOWN]. And that's the one with the roll cage, and no rear seats. Or any kind of Comfort. [NOISE] How has it done it? A trick suspension that includes something called dual access strut which reduces torque steer by up to 55% a funny mechanical differential electrically assisted steering and some pretty mental aero amongst other things of course. Purists will also delight that it's a stick shift only, no autos here. The gear shift is just beautiful So it's a proper short shift. You have to give it a little bit to engage it, to actually use it. You feel again very much part of the process. You have to drive this car, you have to use it. I'm not saying it's a proper super mega hard core thing because it's not. It's not hard work to drive, but you do have to work to get the best out of This is a car that wants to be driven quickly, and it wants you to do it, it wants you to feel good while doing it. Or at least that's what I think thus far. mmm. It looks like a Civic Sidebar should. It's shouting, it's loud, it's got a big Now, in a big silly wind. This is apparently tuned for maximum downforce. Nothing on this car is there cosmetically, or so we're told. It's here, purely to make the car as quickly as possible. And this thing has a total speed of over a 160 Miles an hour. That's frankly insane. It's a Honda Civic. It's a shopping car, but it goes really, really quickly. [MUSIC] The new civic's high powered engine enlightened age of hot hatchery, a time where the cooking hatches, the warm hatches, have 200 horsepower. [INAUDIBLE] won the Golf GTI had 200 and it was a revelation. People went nuts for it. Now you can get that in a Kia. And this Honda has power equivalent to say, the Golf R, the S3. And yeah it might be a little bit down on what the new Focus RS will do but it has two fewer driven wheels to worry about. [MUSIC] It seems to me that Honda has gone to great lengths to do two things. One, to make sure people don't miss the old naturally aspirated engine. And two, well, not only make every other front wheel drive hot hatch look wanting but make them look a bit silly in the process. [MUSIC] So is the new Type R worth your time? It made me giggle, it's damn fast and it feels good. However its big power needs two things to be appreciated fully. Massive stones or a track. Don't get me wrong, you'll have fun wherever you put it. But this type of car needs space for its Turbo to breathe. Also, its looks might put some off. I love the madness, but could I have it on my drive? Probably not. But that's all subjective anyway. It's a great car. One Honda. She'd be very pleased with. [MUSIC]