It may have taken a long time for it to be offered for sale officially in North America, but the legendary Civic Type R is now available in Canada in the shape of the 2024 Honda Civic Type R! If you’ve never experienced the Civic Type R for yourself and you think it’s just a Civic Hatch with some extra sporty bits added on, you really couldn’t be more wrong and this stunning 11th generation is more than happy to prove you wrong.
It would be churlish to do anything other than admit that the exterior styling of previous versions of the Honda Civic Type R was anything other than obvious. With its flared fenders and outrageously large rear spoiler, the Type R was a hot hatch that didn’t try to lure you into thinking it was anything other than an outright performance car. That didn’t change entirely with this Type R based on the 11th generation Civic Hatch arrived, but the hooligan look has been toned down a touch, broadening its appeal to a wider audience than ever before.
The exterior of the 2024 Honda Civic Type R will still boast an aggressive stance with a body kit, a sizeable spoiler on the back, and a wheel and tire package that leaves you in no doubt that this is a car that means serious business, you can guarantee the exterior isn’t writing checks the performance won’t be able to match. This latest version of the four-door super-hatch drives, handles, and performs as well or better than any of its predecessors, with a 0-100 kph of around five seconds.
2024 Honda Civic Type R hatchbacks have turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines that produce 315 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine’s six-speed manual gearbox has a lighter flywheel and updated rev-match. The Civic Type R’s dual-axis strut front suspension eliminates torque steer and improves handling, and this remarkable car boasts a reputed top speed of around 272 kph. Active exhaust valves improve engine sound in the Civic Type R. The automobile has 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires for outstanding grip. The Civic Type R has enhanced brake cooling and a larger radiator for dealing with the inevitable high temperatures. The Civic Type R is a powerful, practical, and fun-to-drive hot-hatch.
The Honda Civic is always a car at the top of its game, and the current Si version of the 2024 Civic is a good performer that will put a smile on the face of anyone who genuinely enjoys driving for the sake of it. However, the Civic Type R is a completely different animal to any other Civic you’ve experienced, and the horsepower and torque figures go nowhere close to telling the whole story. The Type R is explicitly designed, developed, and tuned to provide the very best performance and driving experience you could expect from whatever horsepower it produces, so don’t fall into the trap of thinking it couldn’t possibly live with a 450-horsepower muscle car.
Superlative cornering and handling are what the Civic Type R is all about, and the 2024 Honda Civic Type R isn’t going to go in any other direction. These cars still come with lots of the comforts, features, and driver-assist features you’d expect from a range-topping car, but it will be impossible to ignore the fact this one puts performance right to the fore. You can live with this car every day, just as you would any “normal” four-door hatchback. All the normal comforts and conveniences are present, including a 10.2-inch colour TFT full digital driver meter display, a multi-angle rearview camera, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The 2024 Honda Civic Type R is a very special car that will only be available in very limited numbers, so come and have a chat with the Wheaton Honda team here at 9688 34 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, to register your interest. Alternatively, call us at (780) 463-7888 for the latest information we have and to be at the front of the line when this awesome car is available to test drive.