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
While the NSX-R represents the distilled, refined essence of Type-R'ness, the four other cars we have here - with not a turbo between them - all share its DNA. Yes, they've been driven hard, ragged back and forth across the country by their owners, but they remain damn good to drive.
Though 70,000 miles old, the Integra - widely regarded in its day as the greatest front-drive car - still launches at its 8,400rpm red line with dizzying intent and, thanks to the total lack of sound-deadening, dizzying noise. The Accord and last-gen Civic aren't quite so raucous, but they remain refreshingly pared-back and revvy. And, though Clarkson might have given it a mild kicking, the current Civic Type R is still a thing of surprising purity in an era where hot hatches are increasingly getting bigger of turbo and lower on involvement.