The rev needle is pushing 7000rpm as I grip the titanium gear-knob and slam it down into fourth. The speedo needle creeps over 150km/h, while the engine again raises a raucous racket as the end of the straight approaches. I’m in the 2018 Honda Civic Type R at Lausitzring in Germany, and I’m learning pretty rapidly that this car is a handful.
The all-new, 10th-generation hot-hatch stays true to its Honda Civic Type R forebears with front-drive underpinnings, foregoing the all-wheel-drive many of its direct rivals are endowed with. We’re talking Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, and perhaps even in the competitor set could be the Mercedes-AMG A45, because this Civic is built in Europe. Well, it’s built in the UK, which is still part of Europe… for now.