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2018 Honda Civic Type R review

The Honda Civic Type R has arrived in Oz to try and nab the crown as King Of The Reasonably Priced Fun Cars. But first, we see if the front-drive Nurburgring lap record holder's hotness translates to local roads and track.

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Honda: Affordable sports car "very desirable", more RS models on the way
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Honda: Affordable sports car "very desirable", more RS models on the way

Honda’s local boss says an affordable, compact sports car to support the Civic Type R would be “very desirable” for the brand. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Australian launch of the Civic Type R, Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia, said the company is looking to make its line-up sportier...


Honda Civic Red Edition on sale in Australia
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Honda Civic Red Edition on sale in Australia

The Honda Civic Red Edition has been announced this week to celebrate the arrival of the Civic Type R hot hatch, bringing a sportier look to regular versions of the Japanese hatchback. Available across four trim levels; VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L and VTi-LX, the Red Edition package costs an additional $2498 and will be limited to 228 vehicles - the same number as the Civic Type R's power output...


2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one
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2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one

As part of Honda celebrating 25 years of two of its most iconic nameplates – Fireblade and Type R – the Japanese brand has revealed two fully-functioning special-edition ‘prototypes’ of its robotic lawnmower known as Miimo...


CarAdvice podcast 69: Aussie wins holy grail of historic racing
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CarAdvice podcast 69: Aussie wins holy grail of historic racing

With most of the team is in Germany getting ready for next week's Frankfurt motor mhow, it's Mandy Turner and Dave Zalstein in the studio this week. Speaking of Frankfurt, the Mercedes-Benz EQ A concept and AMG Project One hypercar have been previewed, along with the 2018 Seat Leon Cupra R. Mike Stevens is in Tokyo and files a report on the reveal of the 2018 Nissan Leaf...


2018 Honda Civic Type R docks in Australia
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2018 Honda Civic Type R docks in Australia

The first 2018 Honda Civic Type R examples destined for Australian garages have arrived on our shores, with an initial shipment docking in Melbourne this week. Some 400 vehicles are scheduled to arrive before the year's end, with more shipments bound for Australia in the coming weeks...


Honda Civic TCR racer revealed
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Honda Civic TCR racer revealed

The latest entrant in the growing TCR International Series, formed in 2014, has been revealed as the new-generation Honda Civic Type R. Joining other production-based cars like the Golf GTI, Opel Astra, and Kia Cee'd, among others, the Civic TCR car boasts a number of big race-ready modifications...


2018 Honda Civic Type R triple exhaust makes the car quieter… wait, what?
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2018 Honda Civic Type R triple exhaust makes the car quieter… wait, what?

One of the talking points of the new-generation 2018 Honda Civic Type R is its three-pipe exhaust system, which you may have thought was just a (further) styling exercise for the Japanese hot-hatch. But there’s more to it than that. The three-tip system has a clever noise-lowering function when the Honda's 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is hoofing it on the highway...


CarAdvice podcast 60: We take you for a track drive in the Civic Type R!
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CarAdvice podcast 60: We take you for a track drive in the Civic Type R!

Broadcasting from nearby Great Ocean Road, at the beachside town of Lorne, join Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, Mike Stevens and Matt Campbell. Find out what we did with the remote-control cars below! In car news, pricing and specs for the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S have been released, Volvo's autonomous tech is having trouble detecting kangaroos, Ford Mustang EcoBoost gets a burnout feature in the US (but Australia misses out), and HSV could swap to the Walkinshaw name next year...


2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns
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2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R hatch will be offered solely with a six-speed manual transmission because an auto would have mucked up the weight balance of the car. That’s according to Yuji Matsumochi, assistant large project leader for the 10th-generation Civic powertrain at Honda Japan...


Could the new Civic Type R spawn an all-wheel-drive spinoff?
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Could the new Civic Type R spawn an all-wheel-drive spinoff?

Is there space for something to sit above the 2018 Honda Civic Type R? Perhaps an all-wheel-drive hot-hatch with more power and torque than the current front-drive flagship? You bet. Just look at Volkswagen’s strategy with its two Golf models, the GTI and the R, or Ford with its Focus pairing, the ST and the RS...


2018 Honda Civic Type R pricing and specs
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2018 Honda Civic Type R pricing and specs

The all-new 2018 Honda Civic Type R hatchback will go toe-to-toe with big name speedsters in the small car segment when it arrives in October, priced from $50,990 plus on-road costs. The new-generation Honda Civic Type R model packs in a 2...


CarAdvice podcast 59: We catch up with the successful Highway 1 to Hell team!
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CarAdvice podcast 59: We catch up with the successful Highway 1 to Hell team!

On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and James Wong. We bring you a special sports-car-heavy news fest this week, which includes the stunning Ferrari 812 Superfast premiering in Australia, Jaguar's fastest road car - the XE SV Project 8 - has been revealed, the Maserati GranTurismo has had a facelift, and the Aston Martin DB11 now gets the option of a twin-turbo V8 engine...


Honda Civic Type R: New variants planned for hot hatch
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Honda Civic Type R: New variants planned for hot hatch

The forthcoming Honda Civic Type R looks likely to be the first in a series of variants for the hot hatch. Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer of the Civic range, told Automotive News, "We’re hoping that by gradually putting out more [variants] that we’ll be able to maintain a more stable sales volume"...


2018 Honda Civic Type R: 0-100 and European specs revealed
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2018 Honda Civic Type R: 0-100 and European specs revealed

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R has been detailed for the European market this week, giving an indication of what to expect when the Japanese hot hatch arrives in Australian showrooms later this year. While we already knew the Civic Type R's 2...


2018 Honda Civic Type R order books open ahead of October release
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2018 Honda Civic Type R order books open ahead of October release

Australian order books for the 2018 Honda Civic Type R have opened today, ahead of the hot hatch's October 1 on-sale date. Don't expect to learn the exact price just yet, though. Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia, said: “Our dealers have been telling us that customers are eager to put their names against a car so we’ve opened the order books early to allow them to secure their orders"...


2018 Honda Civic Type R sets Nurburgring lap record
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2018 Honda Civic Type R sets Nurburgring lap record

The new 2018 Honda Civic Type R, which launches in Australia later this year, has become the fastest front-wheel drive car around the famed Nurburgring race track this week. Lapping the famous circuit in 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds, the Civic Type R steals the title from the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S - known here as the GTI 40 Years Edition - which managed a time of 7 minutes 49...


CarAdvice podcast 46: Is there a future for 3D printed cars?
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CarAdvice podcast 46: Is there a future for 3D printed cars?

In the studio this week is Mandy, Paul and James Ward. Covering car news, we talk about the 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD arrival, along with the big reveal of the Toyota HiLux Tonka concept! The Honda Civic Type R will be priced ‘aggressively’, the 2017 MG GS pricing and specs have been released, the 2018 Ssangyong Rexton has been revealed and Mitsubishi draws parallels to Jeep, Land Rover...


Honda Civic Type R will be priced 'aggressively'
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Honda Civic Type R will be priced 'aggressively'

Honda Australia says it will price the upcoming Civic Type R aggressively in its bid to get cars on the road, emphasising the brand’s return to manufacturing proper sports cars. Speaking to CarAdvice at last week’s Australian Formula One Grand Prix, Honda Australia boss Stephen Collins said the Type R had generated more interest for Honda than any model in the brand’s current line-up to date...


2017 Honda Civic Type R touches down in Melbourne
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2017 Honda Civic Type R touches down in Melbourne

The new 2017 Honda Civic Type R has made its Australian debut, but don't expect to drive away in one anytime soon: it won't be on sale until later this year. Belgian racer Stoffel Vandoorne was on hand for today's showcase, which also featured the first local appearance of the Civic RS hatch...