March 2007 Update: Honda has confirmed the Civic Type-R for Australia
Unfortunately Australia has never been a homeground to the Honda Civic Type-R, even though Japan is our close neighbour, Honda Australia has never made a succesful business case for the Honda Civic Type-R. Nevertheless, Honda are releasing a new Type-R and I am hoping against hope that Honda Australia will put their hand up for this hot hatch.
The 2007 Civic Type R will follow the tradition of all the other Honda Type-R vehicles, it won’t be the fastest sports car, it won’t have a turbo or supercharger, it will instead be powered by a high-revving 2.0-litre iVTEC engine producing around 197 horsepower. However Honda promises that the acceleration feel will be one to remember on the Type-R
There is also talk of a top of the range GT grade Civic Type-R, which will offer extra equipment such as dual zone air conditioning and automatic rain and light sensors. UK fans will get to see the Type R Concept at the British International Motor Show in London this month. The Honda Civic Type R is expected to go on sale in the UK early next year (March 2007).