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2018 Honda Civic Type R
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2018 Honda Civic Type R

Something wild, and polarizing from… Honda? Hell yes. The Type R might be the most fascinating newcomer of model year 2018. It’s only got one powertrain — a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired to a six-speed manual — and is front-wheel-drive. Hyper-sharp steering control, a near endless amount of grip, a comfortable cockpit, and loads of standard tech make it a must-drive for performance fiends in the market for a hot hatch. And the styling? We’ll let you be the judge of its massive wing and army of air vents. Sure, it’s a bit “boy racer.” But then again — why not?