Honda Civic Type R down under

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  • Engineered from ground up to deliver most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment
  • Bespoke chassis, suspension and steering setup to maximise power transfer, high-speed stability
  • 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine, manual transmission; optimised for flexible, exhilarating performance
  • Muscular and performance-focused aerodynamic design

The eagerly anticipated, all-new Honda Civic Type R delivers an unrivalled combination of every day useability and track-honed dynamism. Powered by a 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine producing 228 kW of power and 400 Nm peak torque, and mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function, the Type R has been tuned to deliver flexible and exhilarating performance.

Celebrating 25 years of the famed Type R badge, the fifth-generation Civic Type R is available in a single feature-packed specification, offering a compelling mix of performance and equipment, priced at $50,990*.

Standard equipment for Australia includes a four-wheel adaptive damper system with three driving modes, Brembo brake package, 20-inch alloy wheels, the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, plus class-leading interior space.

“The ultimate in Civic performance and a direct manifestation of Honda’s racing spirit, experience and heritage, the Type R stands as a banner of Honda’s commitment to creating products that put customers – and enthusiasts – at the centre of everything it does,” said Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins.

“Honda is renowned for pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, and the result with Type R is the ultimate expression of the Civic nameplate, as well as another cutting-edge Honda performance model to sit alongside the pioneering NSX hybrid supercar.

“The all-new Civic Type R showcases the very best that Honda can produce in a front-wheel drive performance car.”

The Honda Civic Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.  It retains the heritage of Honda’s high performance hatchback bloodline, combining expertly-tuned front-wheel drive chassis dynamics with aggressive design and finely-honed aerodynamics.

The move to one global platform for all models in the 10th-generation Civic line-up paved the way for the return of the Civic Type R to Australia.  Globally, this is the fifth-generation of the legendary Civic Type R – the original Civic Type R was launched as a Japan-only model in 1997, while only the third generation model was previously available in Australia.

The new Civic Type R was developed in parallel with the regular Civic hatchback, as part of the same development program that delivered mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both variants.

A new single-mass flywheel coupled with the slick six-speed manual gearbox reduces clutch inertia weight by 25 per cent and combines with a seven per cent lower final gear ratio to enhance response under acceleration. The rev-matching function smooths shifts, eliminating undesirable transmission ‘shock’ associated with excessive or insufficient revving. The rev-matching function further enhances the joy of driving a manual transmission sports car.

A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system, contributing directly to the vehicle’s rewarding dynamics.

The advanced Dual-Axis Strut Front Suspension system reduces torque steer and enhances on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s new multi-link suspension enhances ride comfort as well as high speed stability. Dual-pinion variable-ratio Electric Power Steering is new to the Type R, using a similar system as featured on the core Civic range, but optimising the variable ratio to deliver a more direct and secure feel at high speed.

Maximum power output from the optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine is 228 kW at 6500rpm, while peak torque of 400 Nm is developed from 2500-4500 rpm. It is both the quickest-accelerating and fastest car in its class, as well as the fastest front-wheel drive car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a record lap time of 7min 43.8sec.

The 2017 Type R has a new selection of driving modes, adding a ‘Comfort’ setting to the default ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes – all of which tailor the suspension compliance, steering geometry and throttle response of the car on demand. Compared to the previous Type R, the more significant difference between the damping forces of each driving mode gives the new car greater useability across a wider range of road surfaces. Notably, Comfort mode affords a high degree of compliance, coupled with a less urgent level of steering and throttle response.

The aggressive silhouette makes a confident statement about the Civic Type R’s dynamic character. Wider, longer and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Type R has short overhangs and muscular, taut lines, while a sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheelarches and sculpted front and rear intakes point to its performance and sporting intent.

A comprehensive aerodynamics package includes a smooth underbody, front air curtain, a slim rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line. These features contribute to a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, delivering superior levels of high speed stability.

The all-new interior of the 10th-generation Civic has significantly improved levels of quality, comfort and refinement. Front and rear seat occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space than ever before in which to experience the Type R’s blistering performance, while the large boot and innovative side-sliding tonneau cover ensure the car retains its position as the most practical and versatile of high-performance hatchbacks.

New Civic Type R was engineered as part of the core development program for the 10th-generation Civic range – the largest global project for a single model in Honda’s history. It is manufactured exclusively at Honda’s Swindon, UK plant and will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Australia, Japan and the U.S.

Its arrival in North America marks the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there, while it returns to Australia for the first time since the third-generation Civic Type R was discontinued in 2012.

* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) excludes Dealer Delivery and statutory charges. Premium, metallic, pearlescent paint is $575