TopGear Magazine crowns the Civic Type R Car of the Year
The all-new Civic Type R took the coveted TopGear awards by storm this year, stealing not one but three prestigious accolades, hot hatch of the year, international editors’ car of the year and then going on to claim the overall prize, car of the year.
The awards issue of the world’s largest and most popular monthly car magazine is an annual celebration of the best cars from around the world. This year the search for the best cars in the world went global with the editors of all 22 international editions of the magazine voting for their favourite motors.
Similarly to the normal road going Civic, the Type R is built on home soil in Swindon. It also shares the fundamentals of the normal road car, but unlink its predecessor the FK2 which was designed as an afterthought to the road car, the all-new Type R was designed and built first, from the ground up. As a result, it puts on the most rewarding performance in the hot-hatch segment.
“The Civic Type R isn’t just the best Hot Hatch of the Year, it’s the best Car of the Year," said BBC TopGear magazine. “It’s addictive, rhythmic and devastatingly rapid; a true hero for the masses delivering accessibility and madness in one package. The thrill comes from the sheer single-mindedness of it.”
“This is absolutely outstanding to pick up three wins at the BBC TopGear magazine car of the year awards,” added Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK. “And it is a truly global award with the international editors voting for the car as well. The kudos for picking up all three honours needs to go to the designers, the engineers and the associates at the factory that build the cars –without them none of this would have happened. This is a fantastic way to round off 2017!”.
Available for under £300 a month, the Civic Type R has a top speed of 169mph and can do the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds. The power comes from the 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine that has been optimised and refined to produce 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm.