The 228kW turbo inline 2.0-litre engine under the bonnet has allowed the well-balanced hot hatch to take out not only the second-best average apex speed at Winton Raceway, but it even equalled first for fastest lap time – we’ll tell you what it tied with in the July 2018 issue of MOTOR.
The BFYB event relies on a formula which takes into account the various performance feats of each entrant, plus its ‘fun’ factor as judged by a panel of MOTOR’s experts.
The formula then puts these factors up against its price.
A sticker price of $51,990 allowed the Civic Type R to take advantage of the formula (one that’s remained unchanged for years.
Opinion: Give the Civic Type R a chance
Our gun driver Warren Luff, who set the impressive time (under 1:36!) had this to say immediately afterwards:
“The Civic Type R is really fun to drive on the limit, and it’s only once you come out of the tight corners in second gear that you actually realise it’s front-wheel drive because you do get a little bit of wheel spin.
“There’s great front-end grip with great driver comfort and feedback. It’s one of those cars you just want to keep driving.
“The only time that it loses a bit of lap time is out of the really tight stuff as it does get a little bit of front-wheel spin, but all in all it’s definitely worthy of the Type R name tag.”
Keep an eye out for the July issue of MOTOR, on sale June 28th, for the full details, triumphs, and tragedies of BFYB 2018.
The contenders it took out are as follows: