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Honda Civic: Ordinary Superman

The eyes are afraid – the hands are doing, so what? It is easy, however, to say … Right on the course is a 90-degree left, on the speedometer it is already over a hundred and you need to overpower yourself and tuck the second one in to turn into a turn on almost eight thousand! So and only so all 200 newtonometers together with very wide “bridgestones” will tuck the nose of the Honda inside. Sdreyfite, stay on the third – and almost racing hatchback corny begin to straighten the trajectory.

Totally impossible car!

But I didn’t like him at first. The photos from the press release, and even with a full-time acquaintance “Honda-Civic-Tip-R” did not make a stunning impression. But wild animals are better to observe in nature, and not in the zoo, is not it? And in the wild, this very “Type-R” is much better. Three-door “Civic”, overgrown with aerodynamic skirts, spoilers, rear wings, immediately played. And the color! Contrast, red and white, with additional patches of scarlet on the hood nameplates, the third door and rims. Yes, and the wheels themselves are just a lovely sight: 17 inches, double-spoke spokes, red Honda emblems … In a word, sit down – “five”! And then I looked inside …

God, what kind of equipment! Air conditioning for extra charge only! Luke – for no money! Side pillows – to hell! Immediately and do not understand what the Japanese saved – money or mass? It is possible both. Well at least did not stint on the excellent anatomical seats for the driver and passenger (navigator?). And bagel – leather, stitched with red threads – that is necessary.

However, even if this “Honda” had the most boring and trivial steering wheel, it would not change the essence of the matter. “Type-R” is, above all, the Engine. That’s right, with a capital D. You, of course, heard about the modest-looking Integra coupe, whose engine turns up to 10 thousand in the hunt. Not? Doesn’t even the VTi nameplate discourage you from fighting on the Civic five years ago? Uh, my friend, yes you are seriously behind the times! Well, this is a fixable matter. The 2-liter twin-shaft i-VTEC is like Superman. In everyday life, he is an unremarkable New York journalist. But if he really wants to, he can do this …

“Down” 200-strong “four” “Civica-Tip-R” behaves like a normal modern engine: moderately high-powered, moderately powerful, moderately quiet, moderately economical. It is not difficult for him to get under way for him, and there is no need to torture the clutch accordingly. Problems with energetic rebuilds and confident overtaking are solved without a jerky two-way down. And the neighbors do not determine your departure from the yard by ear.

But in order for the honorable gentleman to turn into an unleashed loser, you do not need spells. Just wait a bit to switch up. Five thousand – an accelerator in the floor, six – do not release the gas, six five hundred – it seems that it began … And do not say that you were not warned! A motor with variable valve timing and valve lift takes a second breath. Something like a jerk of a turbo-supercharger, something like a jab in the back is impressive anyway.

Power to switch before the very operation of the speed limiter is possible only on a deserted highway. And even better on the racetrack – this is where the gears fly off, like the shells from the nuts, and the exhaust sound loses its puritanical tone. Faster than seven seconds to a hundred and almost 240 “maximum speed” – not bad, with …

And yet in this “Honda” finally won not the engine. And not close to perfection (at least for my taste) steering wheel. It is amazing how the almighty super-volatile Superman get on well with the charming Christopher Reeve. In other words, on this “Honda” you can ride every day without any discounts and apologies.

I am not trying to give what I want for the reality. Everything is just like that. Despite the thick and, once again, the magnificent front seats – rear sofa is not for the sake of pro forma. Believe me, four adults, if they had a ride in the “Type-R”, they would find it quite comfortable. The pedals do not require racing effort and clarity, while the speed of switching 6-speed box is a sincere respect. Still not convincing? Well, I spread the trump card – the smoothness of the sports “Honda” is great! No need to frantically go around every asphalt sore point – the driver and passengers of this “Civic” feel quite comfortable even when driving through the tram tracks. Not a Mercedes-Benz, of course, but not a Subaru-Impreza!

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