Around a week ago, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. announced that it would be bringing in a fresh batch of Civic Type Rs into the country. As anyone who knows their rides is aware, this essentially means that only a handful—around 100 units, to be exact—would be joining the first hundred that came in last year.
While this is great news, one wonders what all the excitement is about? Why are people going gaga over the Honda Civic Type R? It’s just a Civic, right? Well, no. Not exactly. Yes, it started life as a Civic. But there’s something special about this car that draws car guys to it.
For one, it’s a Civic Hatchback. Ever since the EK9 Type R came out in 1997 in its Japanese home market, it has been offered in hatch form. As any car enthusiast knows, there’s just something about a hatch that gives it a certain coolness. And this is one hot hatch.
We say hot hatch because of what lies under the hood. The latest Type R comes with a 2.0-liter i-VTEC Turbo that produces 306hp and 400Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via 6-speed manual (yes, shift it yourself) gearbox with a few cool tricks like rev matching and auto throttle blips.