Meet Eli Tacker, the owner of one of the first Civic Type R in the Tennessee area. Eli is a long time Honda fanatic, owning countless different chassis & engine combinations. He is one of the many Honda guys that has been crying out for the CTR to make an appearance in North America, and the second they announced the release officially, he contacted the dealership and put his name on the list. Eli ended up with #0730.
Disclaimer: The car was still being broken in during this shoot, so we do not have a performance review until we meet back up with Eli and hit the mountains.
In pictures prior to this shoot, we were not overly impressed with the lines and styling of the CTR, but in person the body lines are gorgeous. You can clearly see where and why Honda made every small decision.
This car is big, parked next to Chris' 07 STI, this looked like a monster. The CTR's wheelbase is TWO INCHES longer than the 17 Subaru STI. That is a big boy. However, the car only weighs in at 3117 lb.
The front aerodynamics are where you see Honda's overengineering at work. Each vent & opening has a very useful and specific purpose. On the sides of the bumper you have ducts for the brakes, the center grill is aimed to flow air directly to the front mount intercooler, the bumper even has a little opening for the horn to make more noise, while minimizing drag.
The LED headlights are mean looking, but when driving in front of it, you really don't get the 'omg thats a sports car coming up on me' vibe whatsoever.
The hood scoop is functional even though the car is not setup as TMIC. There is a heatsink inside the hood that helps diffuse heat from the engine bay down to the wheel wells. We will test engine bay temps at a later date to see how much of a difference it really makes. FOR SCIENCE!
The rear aero is streamlined and well thought out just as the front was. With vents to allow to escape the rear wheel wells, a rear diffuser to allow the flat underbody to spit out air efficiently, and a well balanced center exit exhaust.
The rear hatch is huge when opened, but man the trunk area could hold 3 years worth of groceries (or a set of wheels for the track.)
The interior, however, is where you see cut corners. Faux Carbon everywhere. But it all ties in together, I just really wish they had given the car real carbon fiber as well as Recaros. The seats do hold average size men relatively snug and the pedals are arranged very well for driving spiritedly.
The gearbox feels like Honda magic as usual, Honda definitely didn't skimp on the performance side of this car.
The engine bay is arranged very well with the turbo right up top in the front and plenty of room behind the engine for a supercharger (I mean what?). Upgrading components such as intercooler piping, intake, downpipe/etc should be a breeze with how much hand room Honda left. And finally, the windshield cowl doesn't eat up 99% of the engine bay. This are simple and easy to work on. Two thumbs up to Honda on this one.
In the end, this car seems extremely well thought out and fun. Eli has since finished his break in procedure and switched over to R+ mode. He has not been disappointed by the power, handling and really feels the car deserves to rock the red 'H'.
The ride feels similar to his 15 Civic Si with Eibach Pro Plus Kit, while dishing out much faster cornering capabilities with its Dual Axis Suspension.
We will be back soon with more on this chassis.
Eli's shirt really isn't a joke. He's owned a 93 Integra LS, 95 Civic EX Coupe (B16B), and 15 Civic Si before finally sitting in his dream Honda.
Photos: Chris Neranjan | Writing: Drew Turner