Honda’s new Civic Type R has scooped the hot hatch at the 2015 Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) Awards. The Civic Type R’s high revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, advanced new suspension systems and eye-catching looks have not gone unnoticed by the SCOTY judges who were all impressed with its performance, handling, looks and quality.
Double British Touring Car champion and fellow Scot Gordon Shedden, who drove the Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Type R to victory this year, was present to collect the trophy at the glittering awards ceremony held in Edinburgh on 27 November.
The awards are judged by members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, who represent publications and websites from across the country.
Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: “The Civic Type R won because it shows what’s possible with a hot hatch, pushing the boundaries with more than 300bhp through the front wheels yet it remains easy and civilised to drive in daily use. However, it comes alive in an instant when the driver wants more, bringing a bit of touring car brilliance to everyday driving.”
Philip Crossman, Managing Director, Honda (UK) added; “We are very proud of what we have achieved with the Civic Type R, particularly as it’s built here in the UK. Seeing the car being recognised by industry experts is very rewarding, and I’m confident that we’ll need a bigger awards cabinet pretty soon!”
Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new British built Honda Civic Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built. The direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Civic Type R model.