Honda Performance Cars
Honda’s Type R brand has long been associated with performance vehicles but what many people don’t know, is what the R means. Quite simply, it stands for Racing.
This racing philosophy is a mantra that runs throughout Honda. It was Soichiro Honda, the founder who said, ‘without racing, there is no Honda’. The dedication to develop engines and technology that would be tested in a racing environment was first seen in 1964, long before the first Type R model was built.
For more about Honda Racing, see the official Honda Motorsport Website
HONDA CIVIC TYPE R
The Civic Type R story started in 1997, even though VTEC Civics had been around since 1989. However it was the Civic Type R 2001 that really cemented the racing and performance reputation of this badge. It was a sensation, outperforming competitors and creating a loyal following with fans eagerly waiting every new iteration.
New releases over the next decade and a half created a stir with new engines, styling and technical updates, many of which were informed by engineering breakthroughs learnt from Honda’s Formula one development and racing.
But it’s the new Civic Type R which has turned the heads of both motoring journalists and fans alike.
Developed off the platform of the new 10th generation Civic Hatch, it has been totally re-engineered and re-designed from the ground up, designed to deliver the most rewarding drive both on road and race track. It builds on Honda’s heritage of developing high performance Hatchbacks and features a high performance 2.0L DOHC VTEC turbocharged powertrain, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other track-ready, Nürburgring tuned and tested performance components.
The quickest and most agile civic ever built, the new Civic Type R claimed the title of world’s fastest front-wheel-drive (FWD) production car, setting a new benchmark lap time in April 2017 at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring by over 3 seconds.
Honda is aiming to reinforce this class-leading status by using a squad of racing stars to set new lap time benchmarks in the Civic Type R at iconic European racetracks. Although the complete driver line-up is still to be finalised, Honda has confirmed that former Formula 1 World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button (UK) will take part in the challenge, which will take place at tracks such as Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Estoril, amongst others.
This car marked the beginning of the Type R story. Built in 1992, it was a track-ready racing car (the legendary Ayrton Senna was a consultant during development) that defined the start of the Type R heritage. Importantly, the first generation NSX exemplified Honda’s high standards of quality, durability and day-to-day usability, without compromising performance – something rarely found in supercars of the day. It is still considered one of the best supercars of all time.
Now Honda has redefined the sports car once again with the next generation, NSX AWD supercar, delivering a top speed of over 300 km per hour with a twin-turbocharged 3.5L, V6 Petrol engine and three Electric Motor AWD Sport Hybrid System, delivering an impressive 427Kw of power and 646Nm of torque, whilst still achieving a fuel economy figure of 10L per 100Kms.
Specifically created to bring a ‘New Sports eXperience’ to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges prevailing beliefs about supercars, just as the first generation NSX did more than 25 years ago. Respecting the core fundamentals of the original NSX, the new Honda NSX demonstrates revolutionary new ideas for Honda supercar performance, melding sports car values with next-generation technologies. Through Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, the NSX is the world’s first supercar to utilise hybrid electric motors to enhance and elevate every element of its dynamic performance.
The all-new NSX is the product of intensive effort by a global design and engineering team, built on a long-standing legacy and motivated by the need to build a car centred around the driver. It’s the ultimate expression of the joy of moving, representing the peak of Honda performance.
For more about Honda NSX, see the Honda NSX Website
*The new Honda NSX is not currently available for sale in New Zealand