Honda Civic Type R - Best track day cars

As many petrolheads are aware, Honda has a history of making VTEC performance engines that deliver their best hit of power at the top end of the rev range.

Price: £30,995

As many petrolheads are aware, Honda has a history of making VTEC performance engines that deliver their best hit of power at the top end of the rev range. Which, as luck would have it, is ideal for exhilarating track driving. Hondas may have previously come in second on the road where mid-range and bottom end grunt provides an advantage, but let loose on a track and VTEC Hondas will come alive.

Better still, the latest Honda Civic Type R overcomes this low-end performance issue with a 2.0-litre VTEC four-cylinder engine equipped with a meaty turbocharger. The result is a maximum 316bhp, and 400Nm of torque with a load of mid-range performance as well as a screaming top end. Enough to see the Civic Type R crack 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 169mph.

• Honda Civic Type R review

To put that into perspective, Honda claims the Type R will complete a hot lap of the Nurburgring faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo, and who wouldn’t love to see the look on the Lamborghini owner’s face as you scream past in your hot hatch?

Also, there is a super satisfying short-throw gearshift, and a +R button that makes the already firm dampers firmer by 30 per cent, increases throttle response and weights up the steering. All this combines to make it one of the best handling front-wheel-drive hot hatchbacks.

Best track day cars 2019

  1. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  2. Caterham Seven 160
  3. Ferrari 488 Pista
  4. McLaren Senna
  5. Lamborghini Huracan Performante
  6. McLaren 570S Track Pack
  7. Porsche Cayman GTS
  8. Honda Civic Type R 
  9. Hyundai i30 N
  10. Ariel Atom
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