What is it?
This is a smaller-engined and more affordable version of the funky Honda Civic Type S. It continues Honda’s drive to attract younger buyers.
The entire Honda Civic range is being pepped up and facelifted for 2009. Three-door models – like this Type S – have been made stiffer and tougher-looking, while the five-door has been tuned to offer a softer, more comfortable ride.
Both will appeal to entirely different customers. This 99bhp baby Honda Civic Type S trades shamelessly on the Honda Civic Type R’s hot-hatch kudos.
It even gets the Type R’s grille, interior flourishes and a Type R lookalike body kit.
What’s it like?
With a new 1.4-litre i-VTEC engine under the bonnet, the Honda Civic Type S’s performance is much milder than its racy sibling’s.
Zero to 60mph takes 13 seconds and top speed is just 110mph. But the little i-VTEC motor is smooth enough and spins happily to its 6000rpm peak power point, so working it hard is fun.
All Type S models (the 1.8 petrol and 2.2 diesel are still available) have a 20mm wider rear track and stiffer springs than standard Civics, plus big 17-inch alloys.