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New Honda Civic priced from £29,995

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Honda has confirmed price and specification details for its all-new Civic Type-R hot hatchback, following the model’s unveiling at the Geneva motor show this week.

Due to reach showrooms in July, the Type-R will sport an entry price of £29,995, though buyers will also be able to opt for a ‘GT’ trim level, which adds choice toys such as dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, an upgraded stereo system and a range of electronic driver aids.

This third-generation Type-R has been highly anticipated by performance car fans, with many hoping it will represent a return to form for Honda, which has a rich history of driver-oriented models.

The Japanese marque hasn’t followed the hot hatch herd, however, and the Type-R offers a distinctly aggressive take on the fast hatchback theme. Unlike its premium rivals from Audi and BMW, the Honda wears its go-faster credentials loud and proud, with a huge rear wing (two in fact) and a road-kissing front splitter leaving onlookers in no doubt that this isn’t the diesel version.

The interior is rather in-yer-face, too, with bright red, heavily bolstered sports seats, alloy pedals and a gear knob milled from a single piece of aluminium.

This old-school approach continues under the bonnet. Despite the Type-R developing 306bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, it does without the four-wheel-drive systems used by Ford and VW, and instead makes do with a conventional front-wheel-drive setup, albeit with a limited slip differential and trick suspension fitted to aid traction and limit torque steer.

That motor is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox – the only transmission option – and will get the Type-R from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 167mph.

Those figures make the new Honda one of the fastest hot hatchbacks currently available. However, if you need more convincing, consider this: the Type-R has already clinched the Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel-drive cars at 7min 50secs, despite not having the extreme weight-saving measures seen on similarly hardcore models the Seat Leon Cupra ‘Sub8’ and Renault Megane 275 Trophy-R.

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