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What do you want to know about life with a Honda Civic Type R?

Top Gear’s got a 316bhp, FK8 Civic Type R for six months. Any questions?

Published: 21 Dec 2017

This, friends, is Top Gear’s new Honda Civic Type R long-term test car. It’s joining us for six months, during which we’ll see what our current favourite hot hatch – the TG 2017 Car of the Year – is really like to live with. And we’re going to share that with you, if no-one objects. Good. 

You might remember we’ve brought you long-term updates on life with an Audi R8 V10 Plus, Aston Martin DB11, and Ariel Nomad this year. Now it’s time for a more ‘normal’ car to take the stand. 

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How rude of me: introductions first. RE67 XMY is a new FK8-gen Civic Type R in the top-spec ‘GT’ trim. It costs £32,995 – exactly £2,000 more than the standard ‘non-GT’ Type R. This adds the following extra spec: Garmin sat-nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto for the 7.0-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring, a wireless charging bay in the dashboard, two-zone climate control, plus front and rear parking sensors. And a rear parking camera, which ought to counter a dirty great double-decker wing framing the back window...

Type R ultras can spot a pricier 'GT' by the red pinstriping around the carbon-effect splitter, side-skirts and diffuser. All models wear the red highlights encircling the standard 20-inch alloys.

Like all Type Rs, TG’s Rallye Red (the sole £0.00 paint option) Civic gets dusk-sensing all-LED lights, rain-sensing wipers, foglights, electric folding mirrors, an electric handbrake, digital radio plus Bluetooth and radar cruise-control with active lane-keep assist. Is this a sort of bootleg self-driving hot hatch? Well, we’ll see…

A bit more about the actual driving spec of the car, I think. It’s six-speed manual only of course, and a world-class one at that. We’ve got standard adaptive suspension with Comfort, Sport and +R modes, and a 316bhp, 295lb ft turbocharged four-cylinder engine that claims 36.7mpg and 176g/km CO2 – slightly worse figures than the old Type R, in fact. 

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I lived with one of those FK2 Civic Type Rs for several months in 2016, and found the first turrbocharged Type R a thrilling but hugely frustrating experience, capable of entertaining one second and suffering cripplingly poor visibility, godawful refinement and punishing ride ‘quality’ the next. Time will tell if the baby-bro CTR can improve on that.

And here’s where you come in. You’re familiar with the Type R by now, following its exploits versus the Ford Focus RS, VW Golf R and Seat Leon Cupra 300. It also excelled itself in Top Gear’s 2017 Speed Week extravaganza. And now, you know the spec of ‘our’ car. Top of the range, but free of options, with 328 miles on the clock. 

So, what do you want to learn about the fastest front-wheel drive car ever around the Nürburgring? We’ve got lots of time and thousands of miles to answer. 

If you’re curious about the noise the car makes, we’ll tape it. Want to see if the infotainment’s as shoddy as described? We can tackle that. Fuel economy? Tyre wear? Average number of rude hand gestures from other road users appalled at the Type R’s wacky styling per journey? That’s what we’re here for. Gulp. 

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So, fill the comments below with your queries, questions and assumptions, and we’ll get to answering them in the coming days, weeks and months. Plus, keep an eye on the @TopGearGarage Twitter feed and the Garage section of Top Gear magazine for the latest adventures of TG’s hot Honda. 

Over to you, internet. Any questions..?

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