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2001-2005 Honda Civic Type R

2001-2005 Honda Civic Type R

Year (of specifications) 2001 - 2005
Engine(s) 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder
Transmission 6 speed manual FWD
Max speed 146 mph
0-60 6.4 seconds
Horsepower 200 hp
weight -

The 2001-2005 Civic Type R was a leap forward for Honda in the battle to produce the fastest hatchback on the market. With nearly 200 bhp from a race-bred 2.0 VTEC normally aspirated 16 valve engine only fighter pilots could ever call this Civic slow. The pace of the little Honda along twisty B roads was helped by its sharp and focused sports suspension making it very agile. It's an exciting car to drive, and it can change direction easily due to quick steering rack and a nimble chassis set up. The brakes are good too, helping all but the over enthusiastic from ending their journey parked in the hedgerow.

From inside the Civic Type R is a functional place for the driver to be. The contoured bucket seats give good lateral support and the short throw gear lever mounted on the dash couldn't be in a better place for fast gear changes.

It needs to be revved hard to get the best out of it too, with most of the power arriving between 5,500 rpm - 8,000 rpm. And let's face it, with a car like this it's all about getting the best out of it. Which means terrible fuel consumption - man it likes a drink.

It's only when you get out at the petrol station that you're reminded about how bad this car looks. Which is a shame because everything else about the car is great. The way it drives, the way it feels and you get the bombproof Honda reliability as a bonus.

Words by Colin Fowler

Similar and related vehicles:
Honda Civic Type R (2010)
Honda Civic Type S (2010)

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