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To celebrate the halfway point of the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, we figured we’d highlight Honda’s pride and joy: its Civic Type R. As one of, if not the fastest legal cars you can buy on a budget, the Honda Type R puts other sports cars to shame. Although you can’t exactly hop on the Daytona International Speedway racetrack willy-nilly, that doesn’t mean the ball of your foot can’t explore the accelerator of this cheap speedster.

Honda Civic Type R

Motor Trend recently conducted a test, pitting the new Civic Type R against rival compact sports cars. Horsepower for horsepower and cent for cent, the Honda Type R was the clear winner.

Priced well below its competitors—you can own one for under $35k—the new Honda Civic Type R is even more sporty than it looks. Its curved hood scoop is more than merely an elegant accent to the Type R’s athleticism; it’s also 100% functional, cooling the computers that operate the car’s electronic adaptive suspension.

As Motor Trend reports of the Civic Type R’s engine: “’This might be the Goldilocks of the group; it just does everything well.’” Although the new Civic sports car comes with a 2.0L turbo-four that makes 306 hp and 295 pound-foot of torque, it doesn’t lack racetrack power. Redlining from 3,000 rpm, the Type R is a second-half fighter. Its manual six-shifter and tightly packed clutch just feel natural, organic even, and are suited for those leisurely summer rides around the Jacksonville beaches.

Remember when your childhood self-opened that gifted toy remote car? You’ll feel that same sense of excitement behind the wheel of the Honda Civic Type R. It’s a seriously fast car that’s seriously fun to drive. It hits 60 mph in just 5 seconds thanks to a front-wheel-drive system and limited slip, both of which keep this fast Civic toned up and lightweight while emphasizing a dynamic yet low center of gravity. Loose steering is pinpoint-accurate, too, so you’ll never expect understeer issues.

Best of all, meandering down to the grocery store in the Civic Type R is just as fun as pushing it through a test track. Feeling it shift from any gear is a thrill, and letting it guide you around everyday twists and turns puts life in perspective. You’ve got it good.

The 2018 Civic Type R is the new standard for cheap sports cars. Contact one of our Honda dealerships near Jacksonville to build your very own Civic coupe or Type R sports hatchback, and you’ll soon become the speed demon you’ve always dreamt of being. We have Honda dealership locations throughout Florida and Georgia, including the areas of Jacksonville, Lake City, Brunswick, and Waycross. Come visit us today!

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Sources & Photos:

https://automobiles.honda.com/civic-type-r

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/civic/2018/ford-focus-rs-honda-civic-type-r-volkswagen-golf-r-subaru-wrx-sti-type-ra-comparison/