The new, FK8-generation Honda Civic Type R is, as our man Danny Tan puts it, a paradigm shift. A big part of that comes from the adoption of turbocharging to bring it in line with much of the rest of the world, and certainly with Europe’s established automakers, though it isn’t the first Type R to do so; that will be the short-lived FK2 Civic Type R which preceded it.

An all-new platform gives the FK8 Type R a lighter frame with better torsional stiffness, for a sturdier foundation from which the chassis components can work. Up front, dual-axis MacPherson struts handle suspension duties, while at the back the FK2’s torsion beam is replaced by an independent multi-link configuration.

The improved chassis provides a stronger foundation for the 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine which produces 320 PS at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. It’s a development of the powerplant first used in the FK2 Type R, albeit with a 10 PS gain from a more free-flowing exhaust, in the quest for the quickest FWD Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time and hot hatch supremacy in the eyes of enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, check out our first drive review video above recorded in Dresden, Germany, and read the full review article for the FK8 Honda Civic Type R.

GALLERY: FK8 Honda Civic Type R