Published on May 4th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


VOTY 2019//Hot Hatch – Civic Type R

Hot hatches are what many motoring journalists live for. These are the ‘hero’ cars that help build legendary nameplates over time. We had to find something that absolutely raw and uncompromising. Our answer came in the form of the all-new Honda Civic Type R.

It may be one of the oldest cars on this list, but the numbers don’t lie. It’s still the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle around the Nurburgring and still one of the few performance cars that still comes exclusively with a manual gearbox. The Civic Type R is Japanese engineering at its best. It goes faster around corners than cars with more power than it. It

In spite of its humble, mainstream roots, the Civic Type R looks insane, like nothing else on this planet. Very few hatches are hotter this and fewer still can still seat 5 in comfort.

Honda Civic Type R Specifications

Engine: 2.0-litre DOHC VTEC Turbo
Capacity: 1996cc
Power: 310PS @ 6500rpm
Torque: 400Nm @ 2500rpm
Transmission: 6-speed Manual
0-100km/h: 5.8seconds
Top Speed: 272km/h
Selling Price: RM330,002

How VOTY Winners are selected.

Our process is simple and clean.

All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of 2019 are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands operating in the country and ask to test these cars. There are no participation fees, no buying of tables at the event, no charge whatsoever. All that’s needed is a fresh enough car, and a willingness to give our judges a test drive.

About a month before the event, the four judges from dsf.my and gohedgostan.com (Daniel Sherman Fernandes, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair) convene to discuss which vehicles impressed us in each category. The judges can only vote on cars that they’ve driven. A simple majority is all it takes for a car to win in a category.

Our title sponsor Allianz recognises the integrity of our team and all players involved in deciding on winners and leaves all decisions to us regarding the winners. We hope our readers appreciate the efforts of all parties involved and provide us with feedback on how we can further improve on this.

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