The highest speed the Type R carried on entry without hitting a cone is 74 kilometers per hour, which converts to 46 miles per hour. Even with less air in the factory-supplied Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S 265/30 by 19-inch tires for larger contact patches, understeer was noted. As for the slalom test, the best the 2023 model year Honda Civic Type R could do was 23.8 seconds, putting it right between the much heavier Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ (23.7 seconds) and BMW iX1 xDrive30 (23.9 seconds).
Despite the disappointing results, the Spanish publication's test driver believes that nothing comes close to the FL5 at the hot hatchback's price point. It's a truly exciting car, albeit a slightly demanding car to drive on the limit. We also have to remember that both the moose test and slalom test were designed to assess how safe a vehicle is rather than its performance credentials. Regarding the latter, the FL5 is the fastest series-production FWD automobile on the Nurburgring, clocking an impressive 7 minutes and 44.881 seconds.
Over in Spain, the Civic Type R carries a sticker price of 61,890 euros. That means 67,460 dollars at current exchange rates, which is a tremendous difference over the FL5's manufacturer suggested retail price in the US. More specifically, the American sibling costs $43,795.
Manufactured exclusively in Japan for the entire world, this generation of the Civic Type R comes in three states of tune. For the United States market, 315 horsepower will have to suffice. In Europe and Japan, by comparison, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine packs 330 ps, which converts to 325 horsepower. The Brazil-spec model has 297 metric ponies (293 mechanical ponies).
Exclusively manual, the Civic Type R is manufactured at the Yorii plant in Japan on the same assembly line as the five-door hatch. Its transmission is produced in Suzuka, whereas the 2.0-liter turbo comes from the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio. Before going into the car, the engine and transmission are joined together at the Ogawa plant.
Front-driven rivals are few and far between. Think Golf GTI and Elantra N (or i30 N in Europe). The GR Corolla and Golf R are closer to the Civic Type R's horsepower rating, yet both of them come standard with AWD.