Honda Civic Type R – Best Hot Hatch For Pakistan?

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Pakistan isn’t exactly short of Honda fans, there are millions of them that will defend their Hondas all the way to the end. As we’re sure you all know that the selection of cars each automotive manufacturer offers in Pakistan isn’t exactly the best it could be and among their ranges there really isn’t any car that’s there to satisfy petrol heads who want something fast and fun to drive but also want something that’s not desperately impractical and can fit up to 5 people inside. Well all that could easily change if Honda Atlas ever introduced the Honda Civic Type-R in Pakistan.

Civic Type R Rear

You take one look at the Civic Type-R with its huge rear wing going across the rear windscreen, the massive rims, the loud and brash quad exhausts, the front and rear splitters, the aggressive LED headlights and it really does make you think that the term boy-racer car was invented for this car but all this wasn’t done just to make the Civic look cool, it was done in the pursuit of better aerodynamics. There’s not a single scoop or sharp edge on the Type-R that isn’t there to help it go faster. And speaking of speed, the Honda Civic Type-R comes with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood that develops 306bhp and 295 lb-ft. This helps it reach a top speed of nearly 270km/h (167mph), 0-100 is done and over with in just 5.5 seconds and purists will be glad to know that it only comes with a 6 speed manual transmission, no CVT gearboxes here.

Now if you’ve happen to seen any of the independent tests conducted by automotive journalists on the Type R, then you’ve only heard them give high praises to the cars driving characteristics. Despite all the 306bhp being sent to the front wheels the Type R is a hoot around the corners. Due to clever engineering around the front suspension, it’s able to corner flat and true without any sense of torque steer. Honda claims to have set a lap time record on the infamous Nurburgring for the fastest front wheel drive car at 7 minutes 50 seconds. To put that number into perspective that’s 3 seconds faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo a 560bhp V10 mid engined supercar. The suspension of the civic isn’t set up to be super stiff so it should be able to cope with the not so great roads of Pakistan and fuel economy isn’t bad either as you can get up 11 km/l. So far the Type R seams to be a perfect fit for the roads of Pakistan but now we have to move to the tedious bit of practicability.

Despite the mad styling of the Type R it is still extremely piratical for a hatchback as it is able to seat up to 5 adults comfortably inside of it and you get standard options such as climate control, parking sensors and Honda’s new infotainment system. The boot is pretty spacious too, and you can also put the rear seats flat down and you have quite a large boot space. The Civic also has a 5 star safety rating, although we don’t care about stuff like that as much, and it’s a Honda so it will probably keep running for decades without a hitch.

Civic Type R Interior

Now the Honda Civic Type R costs around PKR 3.3 Million so that doesn’t make it exactly cheap especially for a hatchback but their would be a countless number of petrol heads in Pakistan that would be willing to pay such an amount for what is probably the best hot hatchback in the world. Though if it did ever come to Pakistan who knows how much Honda Atlas would charge for it. Our auto policy is in shambles.

So what do you think of the Honda Civic Type R? Our resident sub-editor has never liked Hondas, other than NSX, but even he thinks this one is a gem of a car. Do you think that it would be the perfect Hot hatchback for Pakistan or do you think some other car deserves that title, be sure to let us know in the comment section down below.

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  1. usman niazi says

    it would be a pretty decent everyday hot hatchback as well if it wasn’t for those rear spoilers…

  2. Zulfiqar Ali Soomro says

    The car is hot and definitely worth the money.
    It would be a miracle if Honda Atlas launches the 1.5l turbo-charged sedan (not even sure about the turbo-charger yet) here in its early days so I doubt this model being launched anywhere in the next 3-4 years or not at all, because it doesn’t suit the Pakistani mentality. He will always look for best resale value and continue buying that piece of crap Suzuki and Toyota (i.e Mehran-Corolla) has to offer. By the way, we already have a commenter here who wants this red hot 300hp+ roadster to be an everyday hatchback lololol

  3. rkk says

    I would disagree. Its too expensive for its brand is still honda. The rear is ugly, front and interior is a typical honda. People here would give this much for a cross over or Suv but not a hatchback. Or many would buy slight old merc in this price. In pakistan people prefer affordable ones like a swift or vitz which give better mileage and are cheaper yet decent cars. Dont forget we live in a developing country this would be a total flop here.

  4. Usman Haider Sheikh says

    I’d rather get an evo, wrx or golf, sure honda ain’t manufacturing this type r here.

  5. usman niazi says

    i don’t want that ugly spoiler… i am not a teen who craves attention… after that it will pass as a slightly exotic hatchback… attention whores may like but i don’t

  6. Usman says

    This will die on Pak roads!!

  7. Zulfiqar Ali Soomro says

    Do you know this spoiler is a result of engineering thats been put into the aerodynamics of the car? Ese hi nai body charha di chassis ke ooper bas..

  8. usman niazi says

    i know what a spoiler does and i can do without one…

  9. Atif Hussain says

    Amazing, I have driven this (Honda Civic Type R) Car in Canada, I love this car…. Honda Civic is the Best selling car and number one in Canada and USA… Must introduce here by Honda Atlas Pakistan with the same international standards…..

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