Meet Honda’s evil Civic Type R touring car

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Yes Mr Wayne, it does come in black: first official pics of FK8 Type R going for a run

If you are a fan of a) the British Touring Car Championship, b) the Honda Civic Type R, and c) really evil looking nutjob racers, then boy, do we have the mother of all Venn Diagrams for you.

This is the 2018 Honda Civic Type R touring car, set to do battle in this year’s BTCC. Though, judging by that paintjob/wing combo, it might feel more at home in Gotham City.

These are the first official pics of the new racer undergoing testing at Castelloli ahead of the new season that kicks off on 27 March.

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And Honda has had to turn around the car in a mighty short timeframe. It’s the new FK8 Civic Type R – again, one of TG mag’s 2017 Cars of the Year – and will be manhandled by triple BTCC champ Matt Neal, and new signing Dan Cammish.

Underneath, and according to BTCC regs, it’ll feature a 350bhp+ 2.0-litre turbo up front – up from the road car’s 316bhp and still more than enough – a 6spd sequential box… and other such racing paraphernalia.

Look, the point right now isn’t to dwell on the tech specs, it is to cower in fear. Criminals of Gotham, you have been warned.

Click here to read our review of the (only slightly) less intimidating roadgoing Civic Type R

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STORY Vijay Pattni

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