The all-new Honda Civic Type R will offer an unrivalled combination of every day usability and track-honed dynamism. Standard equipment for Australia features a 228 kW 2.0 VTEC Turbo engine, six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function, adaptive dampers with three driving modes, Brembo brake package, 20-inch alloys, Honda Sensing safety suite, plus class-leading interior space.
Celebrating 25 years of the famed Type R badge, the fifth-generation Civic Type R will arrive in a single feature-packed specification at $50,990*.
“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.”
Importantly, the 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo Civic Type R also completes an exciting all-new Honda Civic line-up following the recent arrival of the dynamic Honda Civic sedan and hatch.
“It’s the fundamental strength of the all-new Honda Civic platform, which enables Type R to achieve such remarkable performance,” Mr. Collins said.
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.
“There’s a depth of engineering within the Type R chassis that shows Honda at its best,” Mr. Collins said.
Powering the Honda Civic Type R will be a 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine mated to a new close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function. For Australia, the 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo develops 228 kW at 6500 rpm and 400 Nm between 2500-4500 rpm, using 95 RON fuel.
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. Honda Civic Type R strikes a fine balance between extreme performance and every day usability.
“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.
“We’ve also added the full Honda Sensing suite as standard which brings AEB capability, the convenience of adaptive cruise control, plus a whole lot more. And being a Honda, Type R introduces an innovative third exhaust pipe designed to cut noise to the cabin at cruise on the highway.”
The bold exterior design of Civic Type R is focused on delivering exceptional aerodynamic performance. 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.
“Our Honda engineers have achieved a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, delivering superior levels of high-speed stability,” Mr. Collins said.
Inside, the Civic Type R features 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.
“The Civic Type R has a fantastic driving position, sports-car low but with great visibility, it inspires confidence on the road or track,” Mr. Collins said.
The all-new Honda Civic Type R arrives in October offering a compelling mix of performance and equipment for $50,990*. Key features and standard equipment includes:
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^.
Since Honda opened the Type R order books in May, the response from customers had been very strong.
“We’ve already taken more than 250 customer orders and more than 5,000 people have registered their interest. So it’s clear there’s a lot of pent-up customer demand for the return of the Civic Type R,” Mr. Collins said.
The 2018 Honda Civic Type R will be sourced from the Honda of the UK Manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK.
* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) excludes Dealer Delivery and statutory charges.
^ Premium, metallic and pearlescent paint additional cost.