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After…forever, the Honda Civic Type R is here. It was teased at the last Manila International Auto Show, announced this month, and now we’re at a relatively deserted Petron station meeting it for the first time. 

Those who have seen it already know that it’s beautiful, but to touch it and drive it deepens your appreciation of this Japanese hatchback. It is a Civic, no doubt. Its link our favorite college car is undeniable, but it is way more. 

The expanded wheel wells, those wheels, the massive wing, the badges, the triple exhaust—this is car porn at its finest. And that red badge, the coveted logo of every effboy who leaned back and blasted Nelly from his Raon-sourced speakers, is finally real. The Civic Type R is no longer a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but because Hondas—Civics especially—are the most modified cars on the planet, it can still blend in.

Inside it’s more of the same; a Civic taken to the edge of the performance spectrum. The A/C and the audio system are what you would see in a regular RS Turbo, but the seats are red, the digital gauges are crimson, the seatbelts are red, and the shifter is a tiny ball of titanium magnificence.

As the gas station’s lights bathe the Type R’s body in a beautiful halo, it reminds me of how at home cars like this are in the night. By day it can function like a normal compact, bringing you to work and back. But when the sun sets, it itches to stretch its 316hp, even for just a drive to the nearby petrol station—or anywhere.

We’ll give you more stories about this amazing car in the coming weeks, including what it’s like to drive. In the meantime, enjoy our video. 


Dinzo Tabamo
Executive Editor
Dinzo has been fascinated with cars since he was 12 years old, when he picked up a car magazine in his cousin's bedroom. It is a passion that never waned.
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