Goodbye Civic Type R
The Civic Type R is soon to die, driven to an early grave by Euro V emission regs. Time for a protest...
Posted: 09 Dec 2010
The devotion of the Honda engineers in refining the none-too-shabby NSX into a Type-R was nothing short of fanatical. The bonnet and rear wing are made from carbon fibre, the gearknob fashioned from titanium, the carpets lighter, the rear glass thinner and - my personal favourite - the leather around the gearknob replaced with mesh to save a few more grams. Overall, they carved 120kg from the stock NSX.
Honda claimed the output of the NSX-R's 3.2-litre V6 remained unchanged from the standard motor's 276bhp. It was rumoured to be far more. It feels like far more: 60mph comes up in just over four seconds, and once the NSX-R hooks onto the VTEC cam at 6,000rpm, it emits the most glorious, sonorous rowl - a word I have just invented that combines the best bits of roaring and howling. It revs and and rowls and revs, and why the hell didn't Honda bring a few more of these amazing cars to the UK?