Honda Australia has announced the pricing and specifications of its highly anticipated 2017 Civic Type R, which arrives in October priced from $50,990 plus on-road costs.
Headlining the latest Civic Type R is a 228kW/400Nm 2.0-litre VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function.
Australian delivered models will also be equipped with adaptive dampers with three driving modes, Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloys and Honda Sensing safety suite which includes Autonomous Emergency Braking.
“Type R is the ultimate expression of Honda putting the enthusiast at the centre of everything it does. So it was very important for Honda Australia to bring the famed Type R name back with the all-new Civic Type R,” Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said.
“As a record-holder around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it’s clearly the fastest, most dynamic Type R model ever sold in Australia. Enthusiasts across the country are going to absolutely love it.
“Honda is renowned for pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, so it’s great that Honda Australia can offer another cutting-edge performance car in Civic Type R, to sit alongside the pioneering NSX hybrid supercar.”
Building on the tenth-generation Civic, Type R brings model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension set-up with aluminium 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 is also an adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio and a helical limited-slip front differential.
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, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) threshold, and Adaptive Damper System.
“You really have to experience Comfort, Sport and R+ drive modes to understand the breadth of what this Civic Type R is capable of … it will surprise a lot of people,” Mr. Collins said.
The comprehensive aero package includes a smooth underbody, front air curtain, a slim rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line.
Inside, the Civic Type R is said to feature the most comfortable, and lightest, Type R specification sports seats ever, trimmed in grippy suede-effect fabric. Red accents are used throughout to amplify the performance-feel of the cabin, and each vehicle features a unique Type R serial plate number.
2018 Honda CivicType R – Key Features
|2.0-litre VTEC Turbo – 228 kW at 6500 rpm / 400 Nm from 2500-4500 rpm|
|6-speed manual with rev-matching function|
|Adaptive Dampers with “Comfort”, “Sport” (default) and “R+” modes|
|Front – 350 mm ventilated and drilled disc; 4-piston caliper (Brembo)|
Rear – 305 mm solid disc
|Comprehensive aero package|
20” Berlina black alloy wheels with 245/30 R20 – Continental SportContact™ 6
|Striking red and black sports interior|
Lightweight Type R front sports seats
Machined alloy gear knob
Class-leading interior space with 414-litre boot capacity
|Seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface with shift light function|
Smart entry with push button start
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Honda Sensing safety suite
The hero colour for the all-new Honda Civic Type R will be the iconic Championship White premium paint, however, customers will also have the choice of Rally Red (flat), two pearlescent colours in Crystal Black or Sonic Grey, plus a metallic Brilliant Sporty Blue. Premium, metallic and pearlescent paint can be specified for an additional cost of $575.
According to Honda Australia, the company has taken more than 250 customer orders and more than 5,000 people have register their interest on the Civic Type R.
The hot hatch will reach Australian showrooms in October 2017.