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Driven: Honda Civic Type-S

The Type-R will be powered by a 198bhp engine, with the 0-62mph time likely to remain the same as the old model's 6.6 seconds, but there's a choice of two four-cylinder engines for the Type-S: a 1.8 petrol and a 2.2 diesel. Both produce 140bhp, but the diesel makes 251lb-ft of torque against the petrol's 128lb-ft, and that extra pulling power is reflected in a superior 0-62mph time of 8.6 rather than 8.9 seconds. Both models run out of puff at 127mph.

The diesel feels particularly well suited to the Type-S, giving a lot of propulsion when you need it most, aided by a precise six-speed gearbox. The diesel's also more economical, returning 54.3mpg on the combined cycle, compared to a still highly efficient 42.8 for the petrol. A paddleshift automated manual gearbox is an option on the petrol; it's slightly more economical and significantly slower.

Inside, the seats are big and comfortable, with extra side support for those twisty lanes. It's a visually subdued cabin, with lots of black and grey fabric, trimmed in Alcantara. Honda is saving the flamboyant red detailing for the Type-R.

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Driven: Honda Civic Type-S
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