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  • MotorTrend chooses the Honda Civic Type R as 2018's best hot hatch - Focus RS vs. Golf R vs. WRX STi RA vs. Civic Type R

    The performance hatchback segment in the USA really picked up when Ford announced the Focus RS would be sold domestically for the first time in its history. Things really ramped up when Honda announced the Civic Type R would come to the US for the fist time ever.


    The Civic Type R is definitely boy-racer with its body work but it performs and performs well. As a matter of fact, it's the lightest, fastest, and quickest around the track of the entire group.

    That is impressive considering it is the only front wheel drive. All wheel drive has its drawbacks namely in weight. It helps with traction which certainly shows with the Civic Type R having the highest trap speed but not the quickest elapsed time. That belongs to the Focus RS.

    The Focus RS is no longer the overall performance champ however:


    The Civic Type R comfortably beats its opponents around the track.

    The Golf R is simply too soft and set for luxury although it is important to note it is a 6-speed manual version. The Golf R has an optional DSG and the Civic Type R, Subaru STI, and Ford Focus RS do not. Why is the Golf not allowed to show in its highest performance form?

    It certainly affects the acceleration metrics which have the Golf R bringing up the rear. A simply change to a DSG would completely change the comparison dynamic.

    Regardless, when it comes to the best driver's hatchback the Honda Type R certainly is the best choice. It is commendable Honda did not follow anyone else but built a true Type R in the traditional Honda image. Well, unless you count the turbo powerplant but we will not fault them for that.

    A well earned and deserved victory for Honda.


    4th Place: 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA
    Rough and tumble Type RA promises much but doesn’t deliver the goods

    3rd Place: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R
    Soft and heavy at the track but an exceptional long-haul cruiser

    2nd Place: 2018 Ford Focus RS
    Ford finally delivers the Focus RS we’ve always wanted … just in time for it to go out of production

    1st Place: 2018 Honda Civic Type R
    Honda’s twist on the sport compact creates the new world-standard hot hatch


    2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 2018 Ford Focus RS 2018 Honda Civic Type R
    DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, FWD
    ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged flat-4, alum block/heads Turbocharged I-4, iron block/alum head Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head
    VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
    DISPLACEMENT 150.2 cu in/2,462cc 121.1 cu in/1,984 cc 138.0 cu in/2,261 cc 121.8 cu in/1,996 cc
    COMPRESSION RATIO 8.1:1 9.6:1 9.5:1 9.8:1
    POWER (SAE NET) 305 hp @ 6,000 rpm 292 hp @ 5,400 rpm 350 hp @ 6,000 rpm 306 hp @ 6,500 rpm
    TORQUE (SAE NET) 290 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm 350 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
    REDLINE 6,600 rpm 6,500 rpm 6,500 rpm 7,000 rpm
    WEIGHT TO POWER 11.1 lb/hp 11.4 lb/hp 9.8 lb/hp 10.1 lb/hp
    TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
    AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.90:1/2.95:1 4.24:1 (1st, 2nd) 3.27:1 (3rd-6th, R)/2.98:1 4.06:1 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th); 2.95:1 (5th, 6th, R)/2.77:1 4.11:1/3.02:1
    SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, adj shocks; anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks; anti-roll bar
    STEERING RATIO 13.3:1 9.5-14.1:1 15.0:1 14.9-11.7:1
    TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5 2.1 2.0 2.1
    BRAKES, F; R 13.4-in vented, drilled disc; 12.8-in vented, drilled disc, ABS 13.4-in vented disc; 12.2-in vented disc, ABS 13.8-in vented disc; 11.9-in vented disc, ABS 13.8-in vented, drilled disc; 12.0-in disc, ABS
    WHEELS 8.5 x 19-in forged aluminum 8.0 x 19-in cast aluminum 8.0 x 19-in forged aluminum 8.5 x 20-in cast aluminum
    TIRES 245/35R19 89W Yokohama Advan Sport V105 235/35R19 91Y Continental ContiSportContact 5P 235/35R19 91Y Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/30R20 90Y Continental SportContact 6
    DIMENSIONS
    WHEELBASE 104.3 in 103.5 in 104.3 in 106.3 in
    TRACK, F/R 60.2/60.6 in 60.7/59.7 in 60.9/60.0 in 63.0/62.7 in
    LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 181.3 x 70.7 x 58.1 in 168.4 x 70.8 x 56.5 in 171.7 x 74.1 x 58.0 in 179.4 x 73.9 56.5 in
    TURNING CIRCLE 36.0 ft 35.8 ft 39.4 ft 39.5 ft
    CURB WEIGHT 3,380 lb 3,325 lb 3,430 lb 3,096 lb
    WEIGHT DIST, F/R 60/40% 59/41% 59/41% 62/38%
    SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 5 4
    HEADROOM, F/R 39.8/37.1 in 38.4/38.1 in 38.3/38.0 in 39.3/37.4 in
    LEGROOM, F/R 43.3/35.4 in 41.2/35.6 in 43.1/33.2 in 42.3/35.9 in
    SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.6/54.6 in 55.9/53.9 in 55.6/52.6 in 56.9/55.0 in
    CARGO VOLUME 12.0 cu ft 52.7/22.8 cu ft 36.9/19.9 cu ft 46.3/25.7 cu ft
    TEST DATA
    ACCELERATION TO MPH
    0-30 1.7 sec 1.8 sec 1.5 sec 2.1 sec
    0-40 3.0 3.1 2.6 3.2
    0-50 4.0 4.1 3.6 4.0
    0-60 5.7 5.7 4.7 5.0
    0-70 7.1 7.3 6.7 6.6
    0-80 9.3 9.4 8.2 8.0
    0-90 11.4 11.7 10.3 10.2
    0-100 13.8 14.0 13.2 12.2
    PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.9 3.0 2.8 2.4
    QUARTER MILE 14.0 sec @ 100.8 mph 14.1 sec @ 100.4 mph 13.5 sec @ 101.2 mph 13.7 sec @ 105.9 mph
    BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft 107 ft 109 ft 99 ft
    LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.98 g (avg) 0.97 g (avg) 1.01 g (avg) 1.01 g (avg)
    MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.7 sec @ 0.77 g (avg) 24.8 sec @ 0.77 g (avg) 24.3 sec @ 0.79 g (avg) 24.3 sec @ 0.79 g (avg)
    1.6-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 87.56 sec 87.90 sec 86.56 sec 85.45 sec
    TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2,400 rpm 2,250 rpm 2,250 rpm 2,450 rpm
    CONSUMER INFO
    BASE PRICE $49,855 $40,635 $41,995 $34,990
    PRICE AS TESTED $49,855 $40,635 $41,995 $34,990
    STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
    AIRBAGS 7: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, driver knee 6: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain 7: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, driver knee 6: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain
    BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 6 yrs/72,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
    POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles 6 yrs/72,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
    ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
    FUEL CAPACITY 15.9 gal 14.5 gal 13.7 gal 12.4 gal
    EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 16/22/18 mpg 21/29/24 mpg 19/26/22 mpg 22/28/25 mpg
    ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/153 kW-hrs/100 miles 160/116 kW-hrs/100 miles 177/130 kW-hrs/100 miles 153/120 kW-hrs/100 miles
    CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.06 lb/mile 0.81 lb/mile 0.90 lb/mile 0.80 lb/mile
    RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium Unleaded premium Unleaded premium


    This article was originally published in forum thread: MotorTrend chooses the Honda Civic Type R as 2018's best hot hatch - Focus RS vs. Golf R vs. WRX STi RA vs. Civic Type R started by Sticky View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Stevenh's Avatar
      Stevenh -
      Golf R for me, but when is Subaru going to put this 2 decade old embarrassment to bed? Update the damn thing (for real) or get rid of it.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stevenh Click here to enlarge
      Golf R for me, but when is Subaru going to put this 2 decade old embarrassment to bed? Update the damn thing (for real) or get rid of it.
      They gave it a new intake and 5 more horses...
    1. Blown6's Avatar
      Blown6 -
      Since when do these production hatches do over 1.0G on skid? The MPSS AND CONTI 6 both at 1.01G grippy
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blown6 Click here to enlarge
      Since when do these production hatches do over 1.0G on skid?
      Since SUV's started to get there.
    1. Blown6's Avatar
      Blown6 -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      Since SUV's started to get there.
      i don’t think it’s common for an SUV to surpass 1.0G, I know the x5m /x6m come close.... Anyways it was never common for prod hatches to surpass 1.0G
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blown6 Click here to enlarge
      i don’t think it’s common for an SUV to surpass 1.0G, I know the x5m /x6m come close.... Anyways it was never common for prod hatches to surpass 1.0G
      Well that's why I said started to get there.

      I'd expect the Urus to pull over 1.0g.

      The X5M does .98g: https://www.bimmerboost.com/content....2-114-1-4-mile
    1. Batman's Avatar
      Batman -
      They should put the engine, transmission, and drive-train in that Honda Civic into an Accord. The Styling on THAT Civic is hideous!
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Batman Click here to enlarge
      They should put the engine, transmission, and drive-train in that Honda Civic into an Accord. The Styling on THAT Civic is hideous!
      They offer a variant of the motor with a smaller turbo in the Accord. Not quite the same thing though.