Production of the FK2 Type R has drawn to a close with the release of the Honda Civic Type R Black Edition, the last 100 cars to be built. This special edition commemorates the 306bhp hot hatchback, powered by a 2.0L turbocharged VTEC engine with 0-62 mph acceleration in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 167 mph.
The Honda Civic Type R Black Edition boasts red endplates on the rear wing, red anodised detailing on the dashboard, and black racing seats inside. It is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The +R mode, optimised for the Nürburgring, increases throttle response, weights up the steering, changes the torque mapping, and stiffens the dampers. This limited edition, priced at £32,300 (approx. $39,300), features red detailing on the rear wing and red decorative flourishes in the cabin. Honda has recently unveiled a prototype of the upcoming model, likely to be powered by a similar engine. The final version is anticipated to be unveiled later this year and built at Honda's manufacturing plant in Swindon, U.K. The Honda Civic Type R Black Edition adds a touch of visual flair to the Type R without sacrificing its wild but enjoyable character, and is expected to sell out swiftly.
Under the hood is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 306bhp and 400Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 167mph. The six-speed manual transmission provides a smooth shift.
The Black Edition does not affect the driving experience of the Type R. The turbo is muted at low revs, but when pushed past 3,000rpm, the front tyres struggle to contain the power. The engine noise is not as pleasing as that of an Audi S3 or Mercedes-AMG A45, but Honda may address this in the new model due later in the year.
The Honda Civic Type R is an absolute pleasure to drive on winding backroads. It offers remarkable grip from the front axle, allowing for high-speed cornering with minimal body roll. Very few other hot hatches can match the Type R's performance.
The ride is quite stiff, particularly on urban roads, where it tends to detect every pothole, leading to a bumpy ride. The infotainment system is still subpar, with basic graphics and navigation display, but for a 306bhp hot hatch, it is highly practical, boasting a large boot and generous rear passenger space.