You hear that? That’s the sound of my pulse racing.

It’s an undeniable reaction when you jump into a Honda Civic Type R. I mean, who doesn’t get excited at the prospect of driving a hot hatch?

This is the 10th generation of the iconic Honda hatch priced from a reasonable $50,990.

It has different look than previous versions, being not so compact (built up from the longer updated Civic), which is a nice refresh to the model.

Exterior

The Civic Type R is eye catching to say the least.

It just looks outstanding but may be slightly overdone though it adds interest at a time when curves and rounded edges are the norm, and is refreshing to see some sharps lines and parts jutting out.

The exterior is adorned with a lot of embellishments such as side skirts, air intakes, splitters, diffusers, grilles, spoilers and black faux carbon fibre trims and red lines.

All the action is the back with 3D taillights, a central triple exhaust, spoiler and of course in the unmistakable massive wing.

Being so high, it may seem ridiculous to some, but it makes sense from the driver’s seat with the wing shaped to the rear windscreen and not obstructing the rear view.

There were however, some minor body panel alignment issues.

Honda Civic Type R