"The star of the show is Honda's new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Power delivery is predictable and linear, with no weird "turbo moments" of unexpected boost. But I do notice a lack of low-end power. Floor it in third gear from about 1,500 rpm, and you'll wait a second before all that brute force starts to rush back in; peak torque is delivered between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. On the other hand, this bad boy likes to rev: The 2.0 will happily run high all day long, with a real sweet spot around 4,000 rpm. My one big wish is for more aural presence out of the tri-tip exhaust. You can hear the brappy sound a little bit, but during spirited driving, you'll mostly be listening to a revvy four-cylinder.
"The Type R only comes with an excellent six-speed manual transmission, with short throws and a nicely weighted clutch. A lot of my colleagues have criticized the base Civic's vague, too-light clutch feel, and I'm happy to report that isn't the case with the Type R. There's a clear take-up point, with good weight under your left foot. What's more, Honda employs a rev-match feature on the Type R, allowing for quicker downshifts while braking hard coming into a tight corner. You can turn this off if you feel like being super pro heel-and-toe guy, but Honda's system is so smooth and so good, I never had the desire to shift without it."
-- Steven Ewing, Motor1.com