Honda Civic Type R: new vs old compared

The new Honda Civic Type R is a practical hatchback that offers awesome performance and precise handling. But how does it compare to its predecessor?

From its in-your-face looks to its eat-you-alive performance, the Honda Civic Type R has always been the Rottweiler of the hot hatch world, barking with aggression even standing still, eating red meat for breakfast and going from nothing to DEFCON 1 in the blink of an eye.

The new version largely sticks to that template, and even uses the same turbocharged 2.0-litre engine as its predecessor – albeit tuned to produce 316bhp rather than 306bhp. But that’s no handicap: the engine was one of the high points of the old Type R.

Instead, the biggest negatives were its rock-hard suspension and overly track-focused driving manners. So, have those shortcomings been addressed? To find out, we’re comparing the new and old car side-by-side.

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