MELBOURNE – Honda Australia has announced pricing for the hotly anticipated all-new Honda Civic Type R ahead of its October arrival in Australia.
The highly equipped Honda Civic Type R has a manufacturer’s list price (MLP*) of $50,990* and delivers on both style and sophistication. Among the standard features are the Honda SENSING safety suite, 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine, premium sports seating, adaptive damper system and three driving modes, Brembo brake package and aero kit that not only looks good but aids handling.
Customers can also choose between five distinctive colours; with the hero colour being Honda’s race-inspired Championship White. Other colours include Rally Red (flat); and two Pearlescent colours, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey, as well as a metallic Brilliant Sporty Blue.
Honda dealers already have more than 200 orders for the car, with many more customers expressing interest in the performance hot hatch.
“The name Type R resonates very strongly with Honda enthusiasts and many people who’ve owned or aspired to own one are extremely happy it’s coming back,” Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said. The 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo Civic Type R was an important addition to the Honda line-up, he said. “The arrival of the boldly styled Civic sedan and hatch set the tone for Honda,” he said. “The Type R now completes the Civic lineup.
“It also showcases Honda’s performance DNA, a common link the Type R shares with the Honda NSX. Innovation and advanced technology is the halo for the Honda NSX, and the Honda Civic Type R further demonstrates Honda’s expertise with fine-handling cars and advanced road-going technology.”
Since Honda opened the Type R order books in May, the response from customers had been very strong, he said. “The level of interest and engagement through the Honda web page (www.honda.com.au) has been enormous and we know from our dealers that there’s pent-up demand for this latest Type R.”
The Honda Civic Type R will be available in one engine specification, a 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine mated to a new close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching capability. For Australia, the 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo develops 228 kW at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm between 2,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm.
The Honda Civic Type R features with three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver-selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Adaptive Damper System. The composed, supple ride is a highlight of the all-new Type R, recognising the every-day requirements for customers.
Passing motorists won’t mistake the Civic Type R for anything other than a performance Honda. The car has a bold visual package featuring a track-tested aero kit with front and side splitters, rear diffuser, vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line and a rear wing spoiler. A centre-exit triple exhaust system completes the package.
Inside the Civic Type R has heavily bolstered sports seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift boot, aluminium shift knob, aluminium sports pedals, red Type R driver’s gauges and Type R serial plate number.
The Type R chassis builds on the major upgrades undertaken for the 10th-generation Civic makeover with model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension set-up with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer while a new multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking. There’s also an adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio; and a helical limited-slip front differential.
Mounted to the suspension are 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels and high-performance 245/30 ZR20 Continental SportContact 6 tyres. Stopping power comes from red-painted Brembo 4-piston brakes.
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be sourced from the Honda of the UK Manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK.