It was actually created to break the Nurburgring lap time record, which it did with a time of 7 minutes and 50.6 seconds. But sadly it was then quickly snatched away by the Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport S, so the 9th Gen model was basically pointless, although it was one of the best looking Civics Honda had made so far. What does the Black Edition bit get you then? Well, you'll have a sweet red and black interior colour scheme with black exterior paint and red endplates on the rear spoiler. It's only a cosmetic facelift, no mechanical changes have been made, and good. With 306bhp at the tap of the pedal, the Type R is pretty good to go already.
Each car will cost £32,300 which is the same price as the range-topping Civic Type R GT, but with it being a rare breed amongst only 100 made, it will maintain a lovely rarity value to boost its overall residual value, meaning more pennies for you. Once all 100 of the remaining new Type Rs are sold it will be a relatively rare car in this country, with only 2,500 examples out there. Adding more value, if it's a decent model compared to the ones before it.
But what does the 10th generation Civic have that the 9th, 8th and even 7th did not? Due out in March 2017 with the Type R following in Autumn, the new Civic promises big things based on the photos of the prototype revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. For starters, check out the triple-exit exhaust system beautifully moulded within the meaty rear bodywork, finished off with the awesome rear spoiler. It's so well designed and smoothly constructed that you can barely see where the boot opening is. Now that is craftsmanship in its prime. Not to mention the front of the car, where the biggest design changes are. Honda has ditched the sloping bonnet and given it a more squared-off, aggressive front end. So it's a very pretty car, but what can we expect from its performance stats?
Well, it's got the same 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol as the outgoing model but some suggest it will have around 340bhp, which is a fair increase over the older model. It is also suggested that if it is to compare with the likes of its nearest competitors, the Ford Focus RS and the Golf R, then it will need to boast all-wheel drive. We all know that in the best modern performance hatches there is the all-wheel-drive system that enables the car to get better traction, grip and that all-important limited-slip differential so that power is most efficiently applied to each wheel. But, we still have to wait a while to get a glimpse of the new Honda Civic Type R in showrooms. We don't even know proper specs yet either, so watch this space for the latest updates.
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