Honda unleashes lightweight Civic Type R Limited Edition

Honda is set to unleash the most hardcore version of the Civic Type R in the form of a Limited Edition. Built as the purest expression of Type R to date, the Type R Limited Edition features new lightweight components, sharpened driving dynamics and bespoke styling.

Developed with track performance as its core focus, the new Civic Type R Limited Edition is available as a highly exclusive limited run model, with each benefitting from lightweight 20-inch forged BBS alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which are designed for high-speed track driving but still deliver exceptional on-road performance. Modified dampers optimise this new wheel and tyre combination and recalibration of the steering offers improved control and feedback.

To reflect its extrovert nature, an exclusive new colour, ‘Sunlight Yellow’, is introduced for the Civic Type R Limited Edition, along with a dark chrome Civic badge at the rear. With the addition of contrasting gloss black paint on the roof, wing mirrors and intake vent on the bonnet, the bold colour scheme reflects Honda’s sporting heritage and ensures the Limited Edition stands out as a unique proposition in the performance hatchback segment.

The Civic Type R Limited Edition’s interior features red bucket seats and a new red-accented Alcantara steering wheel, along with a new teardrop style gear knob. Each model features a plaque marking the build number of the car.

Continuing its track-focused nature, sound-deadening materials in the roof, rear hatch panel, front bumper and dashboard have been omitted to save weight. However, unlike other brands’ track-focused performance hatchbacks, the Limited Edition retains its rear seats for everyday usability. In total, the Limited Edition is 47kg lighter than the standard Civic Type R.

Like the standard Type R, the Limited Edition also receives the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The new Limited Edition model retains the Type R’s 2.0-litre turbo engine that develops 228 kW at 6500 rpm with a peak torque of 400 Nm from 2500-4500 rpm.

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