The British-built Honda Civic Type R has roared into contention to be crowned World Performance Car of the Year (WCOTY) after reaching the final five in a competition judged by 73 leading motoring writers from across the globe.
The accolade marks the first time that a Honda has made it into the final, and the latest in a line of accolades for Honda’s “race car for the road” on the back of scooping the Scottish Car of the Year award in November, and securing its first motor sports success with the drivers and constructors titles in the 2015 British Touring Car Championship.
News of the Civic Type R’s success on the global stage is also a further huge boost and vote of confidence for the dedicated workforce at Honda’s flagship car manufacturing facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), in Swindon. Not only is the Civic Type R built exclusively for Europe, it was also recently announced that it will be exported from the United Kingdom to Japan for the first time. Such is HUM’s reputation for engineering excellence and the highest quality standards that it will also become the global hub for production of the Civic hatchback following a further investment of £200 million.
The World Car of the Year jury is composed of 73 motoring writers from across 23 countries and regions globally. For cars to be considered, they must be sold in at least five countries globally, on at least two continents. The first award was announced in 2004, with the performance car category added in 2006: with the winner set to be announced at the New York Motor Show on March 25.
Billed as a “race car for the road” the all-new British built Honda Civic Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built: the direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC turbo petrol engine delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS (305 horsepower) at 6,500 revolutions per minute and peak torque is 400 Newton-meters at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Civic Type R model.