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The 2018 Honda Civic Type R Is Ridiculous In All The Right Ways

Photos credit Freddy Hernandez for Jalopnik

“It looks like something a teenager drew in a notepad” seemed to be the consensus from the commentariat about the 2018 Honda Civic Type R today. Yes, yes it does. And you know what? Good. Good.

The modern auto industry is a never-ending deluge of boring crossovers and family-hauling SUVs. As such, I’ve come to appreciate the cars that wear their insanity on their sleeves. The Civic Type R does that. It’s a mess of vents and scoops and strakes and wings and bumps and edges. It has three center-mounted exhausts, for crying out loud.

No, it’s not as tasteful and under the radar as its predecessors were. You didn’t have a clue what those Type Rs were unless you knew where to look.

But you know what? Car design has gotten more boring over the years. The Japanese auto industry isn’t cranking out gull-winged kei cars and triple-rotor superluxury coupes these days. Do you really want your $30,000, 306 horsepower track-ready JDM superhatch to look conservative?

I’m good with the craziness. Enjoy these photos, you may feel the same when you’re done.

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DISCUSSION

buckfiddious
buckfiddious

I grew up watching batman reruns. They were campy, funny, colorful, goofy and absolutely awesome, even with their cheap carboard sets and Cesar Romero’s mustache under his greasepaint makeup. And then I got older, and we got new Batmen. Each more serious than the last. Serious. Grim. Dark. Not fun at all.

This car is Adam West Batman. It’s crazy. It’s colorful. It looks fun. It looks like the kind of car that would inspire kids to think cars are really cool and fun. It’s not boring. Drive this to work and you will be mocked. I doubt you will even be able to enter this car with a tie on.

Good. Leave some things for the kids. Boring adults can buy stealthy GTIs and BMWs.