Last night, we were allowed 3 laps with the current Civic Type R and even after driving this amazing hot hatch in and around Klang Valley some months ago, we were still ‘pumped’ on driving it around the circuit, and at night. (at the same time 40 current Type R owners were invited by Honda Malaysia to bring and drive their machines around the circuit from 8pm to 12 midnight)

There is no doubt from ignition that this Type R was designed by engineers who want to drive a car that they can feel working with them at every gear-change. It is a precision driving tool and a machine that will not let you down as a daily commuter vehicle for work.

Its asking price of RM330k might be a little daunting when the European rivals are close to it, but remember this, Honda has put in a level of engineering and build that sits side by side with the Europeans, or we dare say, even better in some areas.

Here below are reasons we sharing with you why you need to save up and buy this Type R, but if we need to go ‘on and on’ then your quest for simply the best value hot hatch is not on your immediate radar. Yes, there are the immediate competitors like the latest VW Golf R and the best selling Mercedes A45 AMG, but this precision speed machine from Honda is the only one contender with…….

1.         Manual 6-speed gearbox

2.         Best NEW selling price

3.         Handling to impress

4.         Braking to impress

5.         Exhaust note that inspires

6.         Steering input for corner carving

7.         Warranty and after sales that will not worry the owner

8.         Resale values that conquers the rest

Above are 8 reasons to save up and buy one and our piggy bank is already gaining weight as you read this. Try and test drive one at least before dismissing it from your bucket list.

Our track instructors who were given the task of being our ‘passenger crash test victims’

Honda Civic Type R Turbo Specifications

Engine: 2.0-litre DOHC VTEC Turbo

Capacity: 1996cc

Power: 310PS @ 6500rpm

Torque: 400Nm @ 2500rpm

Transmission: 6-speed Manual

0-100km/h: 5.8seconds

Top Speed: 272km/h

Selling Price: RM330,002