The 2007 Honda Civic Type R, a three-door hatchback, which is going to be the most powerful in the recently presented line of the third generation Civic family and is set to come to the Asian and European markets sometime next year, is touted by the Japanese car manufacturing brand as a ‘superhatch’. They’ve got to be kidding. Seriously.
The main problem of this car is that some guy at Honda really thinks that it takes only one horsepower to make a ‘superhatch’ out of a motorized wheelchair.
No, really. The 2007 Honda Civic Type R is equipped with a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC with a maximum power output of only 201 hp reached at 8,000 rpm. That is exactly one horsepower more than is squeezed from the previous version of the Civic.
The zero to 62 mph acceleration is still the same 6.6 seconds. Compare this with the 2007 Mazdaspeed3’s 274 horsepower 2.3-liter MZR DISI engine and its sub-six-second 0-60 time.
Honda will have to sell its Type R at a very competitive price to beat Mazda’s little monster.
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