Matt Farah Puts The Honda Civic Type R Through Its Paces

The latest Honda Civic Type R bucks the recent trend of hot hatches moving from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, yet, by some Japanese wizardry, can be just as fast and enjoyable to drive as the Ford Focus RS, as Matt Farah explains below.

The Smoking Tire host recently hit Road Atlanta behind the wheel of a bright red Civic Type R to experience its on-track performance and it doesn’t appear as if the front-wheel drive is a hindrance at all.

As previous reviews of the hatchback have asserted, Honda has been able to eliminate any kind of torque steer, despite 306 hp being fed to the front wheels in U.S.-spec. Sure, this doesn’t provide it with the tail-happy persona available through the advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive of the Focus RS, but, it’s still no puppy dog.

Visually, the Civic Type R is without a doubt the most in-your-face hot hatch on the market. Consequently, its looks give off the impression of it being a hardcore, track-only sports car without a hint of refinement. However, Farah notes that it is actually a lot more comfortable than the Focus RS and much easier to drive than you’d expect.


  • Bash

    “Visually, the Civic Type R is without a doubt the most in-your-face hot hatch on the market.”
    I disagree here, i think its the most over designed hot hatch on the market!


    I’m tired of looking at it to be honest. And I’m not just saying that because it’s ugly as fuck…….Ok, I am, I admit that. Anyway, I’m just waiting to see what the I30 N and Megane RS performance capabilities are like on the track. Hell, give me the Seat Leon Cupra R as well; ANYTHING but this.

  • GobbleUp

    No point to this car.

  • Craig

    You can only get it in either black or white in Canada. I’d like to see a toned down version. As it is – I’d probably be embarrassed to drive it. And no doubt – EVERY little ‘rice-rocket’ in town would be challenging you to a race.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Bummer this car is only offered in Black & White. But, Honda does offer a toned down version; it is the Si. I don’t know why you would be embarrassed to drive this, unless you live in backward, Hick town. More likely people won’t know what a Type R is, won’t understand its capabilities and/or will be jealous. But this is a head turner. Based on Matt’s review, the Type R looks like it is a lot of fun.

      • Craig

        The Si is not exactly the same as the Type R. As for looks – to MY eyes – there is just far too much going on. More of boy-racer than an adult car. But no doubt it’s great to drive.

      • Kenneth

        Fun, sure, but “embarrassed” because it makes the driver look kind of juvenile – like a boy crying out for attention, drawing more snickers than jealousy (except in his own mind, and amongst others of the same ilk).

  • Bullitt2605

    It’s more over styled than the Corvette and that’s saying something!

  • Maricaibo

    Farah is boring.

    • SteersUright

      His videos provide nothing to the enthusiast, outside of a glimpse at a cool car. The commentary is just adolescent, the video work is amateur with no awesome engine sound clips or cool camera work. Its more like, “hey check out this cool car and me droning on an on despite my clear lack of journalistic talent and training”.

  • SteersUright

    Fun to see a Civic Type R on the track but good lord, Matt Farah has to deliver some of the most simple-minded commentary of any reviewer out there. Talks about lucking out majorly as an auto reviewer, its now wonder Chris Harris joined and left his show in all of what seemed like a week. I can NEVER watch any of his videos in their entirely. I mean seriously, “this car has medium balls”, etc.. Jesus, take some creative writing classes man.

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