(Words by Tom Lohnes) – The Honda Civic is a name we all know. Some people love it for the stout and tunable engines, legendary VTEC system and the fact that they can be an entry level hot rod for kids to mess with. Some people hate it for its trumpet-sounding engine note and the sometimes flat-bill, vaping, overly enthusiastic people that own them.
The Mk 10 Civic is all around a pretty good-looking car up to the Si trim. From there things get a little questionable. The Civic Type-R is a beast in performance, boasting the fastest time for a front wheel drive production car around the brutal Nurburgring Nordschelife. The looks on the other hand were more funny than animalistic. With its giant rear spoiler and red accents all around, people called the hot Civic cosmetically “riced from factory”, and the sad part was that the keyboard warriors were actually right. Honda being the geniuses they are, came up with a solution.
The Civic Type-R Sport line has no scheduled date to come to America, but it will surely trickle down into our hands in the next couple years. The sport line takes away the gaudy red accents and the oversized wing and adds a nice little spoiler carried from the Si trim. The sport line still has some Type-R touches though, like the three mid-mounted exhaust outlets coming directly out of the rear of the car. The interior offers a new black Alcantara option over the red you could only get before. Performance stays the same with a 2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4 pushing out 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft of torque, sent exclusively through a 6-speed manual, to the front wheels. Expect 0-60 to stay the same at around 5.5 seconds.
The Civic Type-R is a very solid option. If you are willing to throw the $40,000 necessary down on a front-wheel-drive hatchback, then this is the one to get. If you are willing to wait a few years, you could have the sleeker and un-cartooned version for around the same price. My advice? Wait.