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Honda Civic Type R 2001-2005

The first Honda Civic Type R to be sold officially in the UK sits 3rd in our greatest Hondas list

This was the model that really kick-started the Type R hysteria for Honda in the UK. Known internally as EP3 and built in Britain, the car was the first scorching Civic to be sold here officially, and it was a dynamic revelation next to the stodgy hot hatches launched at the start of the millennium.

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Clever multi-link rear suspension delivered possibly the most adjustable front-wheel-drive chassis we’d seen, and with lovely balance and poise it gave you the confidence to wring out every last drop of performance.

Honda’s naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder VTEC served up 197bhp at a heady 7,400rpm, so you had to be prepared to thrash it if you wanted to go fast. Doing so was an addictive experience, rewarded with a glorious intake bark, and besides, keeping the revs high was no chore as the light and precise gearbox had a wonderful mechanical feel.

The EP3 Civic Type R may have been a bit short on torque, but with 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and razor-sharp handling, it had the ability to keep many supercars on their toes along a twisty back road.

Honda Civic Type R: key specs

  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl petrol
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 6.8 seconds
  • Top speed: 146mph
  • On sale: 2001-2005
  • Power: 197bhpTorque: 196Nm

The all-time best fast Hondas

  1. Honda NSX 1990-2005
  2. Honda Civic Type R 2017-date
  3. Honda Civic Type R 2001-2005
  4. Honda S2000 1999-2009
  5. Honda Integra Type R 1995-2001
  6. Honda Accord Type R 1998-2002
  7. Honda Civic Type R 1997-2000
  8. Honda Civic Type R 2007-2010
  9. Honda CR-X VTEC 1989-1992
  10. Honda S800 1967-1970

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