The Civic Type R has been tantalisingly dangled in front of everyones faces for a long time, and on paper its a serious proposition. 306bhp, 5.7 seconds to 60mph and of course - that
massive rear wing.
Even more impressive is the record-breaking 7m 50sec Nurburgring time it set recently, which means eyebrows remain raised, especially in Renault's camp as it de-throned the rather superb Megane Trophy-R (7m54sec).
Matt Prior is here to tell us if Honda's latest and 'greatest' red-badged hot hatch really is the business.
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