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On this week's podcast, you're joined by Mandy Turner, Joshua Dowling, and Mike Stevens. In car news, the Volkswagen Passat has joined the Victoria Police fleet, and the Honda Civic Type R has joined the NSW Police, but as a community vehicle...

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Honda Civic Type R police car: NSW gets hot hatch
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Honda Civic Type R police car: NSW gets hot hatch

The Honda Civic Type R hot hatch has joined NSW Police ranks — but it’s not on the highway patrol fleet and its primary role will not be traffic enforcement. There are no lights, sirens or police radio installed, instead the Type R is a community liaison vehicle to be displayed at special events and is designed to break down barriers between the public and the men and women in blue...


Honda Australia: 'No changes' for Civic Type R despite UK plant closure
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Honda Australia: 'No changes' for Civic Type R despite UK plant closure

Honda Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to the currently UK-sourced Civic Type R, despite its global parent announcing the factory that makes it will shut its doors in 2021. The Swindon plant is the only Honda facility that makes the Civic Type R (pictured) currently, though the company's local director, Stephen Collins, says the current model will see out its lifecycle and confirmed plans for a next-generation model after that...


Honda goes gold to celebrate 50 years in Australia
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Honda goes gold to celebrate 50 years in Australia

Honda has created a range of one-off golden products to celebrate 50 years in Australia, designed to highlight the immense diversity of its product offering. And no, you can't buy them. Honda's broad range of products across various segments have delivered over five million sales for the brand in Australia, since launching here on February 4, 1969...


2017/18 Honda Civic Type R recalled
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2017/18 Honda Civic Type R recalled

Honda has recalled the 2017-18 Civic Type R, over concerns about the owner's manual. In one of the stranger recalls we've covered, some cars may have been supplied with an owner's manual missing certain required information. In other cars, the manual might not have been supplied at all...


Honda Civic Type R meets S2000 on track - video
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Honda Civic Type R meets S2000 on track - video

The latest Honda Civic Type R has already established itself as one of the meanest, quickest hatchbacks going around – then again, it would want to be, given its storied lineage. Along with a history of quick, front-drive hatchbacks, Honda has the S2000 in its back catalogue. Sure, it's a rear-wheel drive convertible, but the idea of putting one head-to-head with the latest Type R is still tasty...


Civic Type R v Defender V8 drag race - video
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Civic Type R v Defender V8 drag race - video

The Honda Civic Type R has already proven itself performance king among front-drive hot hatches, so now it's looking for bigger fish to fry. In what's one of the weirdest match-ups in drag race history, Top Gear has lined up the UK-built hatch against a Land Rover Defender – what?! However, this isn't just any Land Rover Defender, in fact, it's the 297kW/515Nm Defender Works V8, a bespoke version of the iconic off-roader created by Jaguar Land Rover to commemorate the model's 70th anniversary...


Civic  Type R v i30 N v Megane RS drag race - video
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Civic Type R v i30 N v Megane RS drag race - video

While the small hot hatch segment is bursting at the seams these days, but three recently-released models stick out as driver's picks – the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30 N, and Renault Megane RS. Britain's Top Gear pits these three front-drive manual hot hatches against each other in a new video posted on YouTube, to see which is fastest in a straight line...


Honda Civic Type R: Premium Accessory range launched
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Honda Civic Type R: Premium Accessory range launched

Honda has announced a new range of carbon-fibre accessories and a set of forged wheels for the Civic Type R. The headlining option is a new set of forged alloy wheels designed to hark back to legendary Type R models past. They're finished in white, and measure the same 20-inches as the standard units but shave 2.1kg per corner, for an 8...


2019 Renault Megane RS v Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R comparison
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2019 Renault Megane RS v Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R comparison

Does the perfect hot hatch exist? Is your perfect hot hatch someone else's nightmare ride? The latter scenario is probably more likely, but to put the theory to the test, we’ve pitted the all-new Renault Megane RS280 against the reigning champs from our recent hot hatch mega test...


Honda Civic Type R sets Hungaroring lap record - video
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Honda Civic Type R sets Hungaroring lap record - video

The Honda Civic Type R has set another lap record around a European race circuit, this time at the Hungaroring track in Hungary. With former F1 driver (and current NSX Super GT driver) Jenson Button behind the wheel, the Type R set a new standard for front-wheel drive cars with a time of 2 minutes 10.19 seconds...


Honda Civic Type R gets Phoenix Yellow paint job - video
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Honda Civic Type R gets Phoenix Yellow paint job - video

The Honda Civic Type R is hardly what you'd call 'subtle', but an owner in the US has gone a step further to make its hot hatch stand out – and he's documented it on video. HondaPro Jason recently uploaded a new clip to his YouTube channel, showing off his Phoenix Yellow Type R 'FK8', which he claims to be the only one in the world...


Honda Civic Type R takes Estoril front-drive record - video
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Honda Civic Type R takes Estoril front-drive record - video

Another day, another Honda Civic Type R lap record. This time, the front-drive turbo tearaway has toppled its predecessor's mark around Estoril in Portugal. Having started at Magny Cours in France, the Civic caravan rolled on to Silverstone (the GP circuit) and Spa, beating records held by its predecessor in the process...


2019 Honda Civic Type R prototypes spied
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2019 Honda Civic Type R prototypes spied

Disguised versions of the Honda Civic Type R have been captured by our spy photography agency on roads near the Nurburgring in Germany. Given the latest Civic Type R only went on sale globally in 2017, it might be a little too early for mid-life facelift. Taking that into account, it's likely these prototypes are for new Civic Type R variants...


Honda Civic Type R sets new Silverstone GP record - Video
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Honda Civic Type R sets new Silverstone GP record - Video

Honda has continued its record run in the Civic Type R, beating its own lap record around the UK's Silverstone GP Circuit.  The new Type R lapped the famous British circuit in just 2:31.32. That's well off the 1:26.60 set by Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 qualifying last year, but we're willing to forgive the road-going hot hatch for that...


TCR: Australia to get its own global touring car series
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TCR: Australia to get its own global touring car series

Good news for fans of hot hatches and fast-fours. And good news for fans of motorsport. The worldwide motorsport category, TCR Touring Car, is coming to Australia. The category was conceived in 2014 and has since become one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world. In 2018, TCR regulations became the umbrella rules for the new FIA World Touring Car Cup...


Honda Civic Type R topples front-drive Spa record
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Honda Civic Type R topples front-drive Spa record

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R has claimed another lap record as part of its 'Type R Challenge 2018', setting a new standard for front-wheel drive vehicles around Spa Francorchamps. Having last month toppled the front-drive record at the Magny-Cours GP circuit, Honda inserted Bertrand Baguette – ex-LMP2 and current NSX GT driver – into the Type R for a tilt at Spa...


Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept revealed
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Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept revealed

Honda UK has taken the wraps off the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept as part of the annual Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Test Day. Dubbed as "potentially one of the fastest pickup trucks on UK roads", the wild utility concept is the product of a specialist team from the Product Engineering department at the company's Swindon factory...


Honda Civic Type R record run starts in France - Video
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Honda Civic Type R record run starts in France - Video

Honda made a big song-and-dance of the Civic Type R's record run around the Nurburgring Nordschleife last year. Unsatisfied, the company pledged to take the manic front-drive racer on a tour of Europe's most famous racetracks, in search of more glory. First cab off the rank was the Magny-Cours GP circuit...


2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 1: Track
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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 1: Track

We pit five of the best turbo hot hatches - and one wildcard sedan - against one another to find out which is the fastest and most fun small rocketship for under $60k. In this video we test outright performance and lap times...