Thank you Honda! Someone in charge at Honda Japan got hit with the logic stick and finally gave the green light for Honda Australia (who have apparently been asking for the Type-R for sometime) so we get our hands on Honda Civic Type-R.
Honda fans can now officially rejoice! There is no longer a need to put a fake Type-R sticker on your Civic as the real thing will be here from around July.
The “Red-H”-badged three-door hatchback has a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine with a peak output of 148kW at an amazing 7800 rpm paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Completing the package, 18-inch alloy wheels ride on low profile “licorice strap” 225/40 tyres.
"It is wonderful to bring such a sought after and sporty car to Australia. I'm sure all motoring enthusiasts will be impressed with the performance, handling and luxury of the Civic Type R. It's the hottest Civic we have ever launched here." Honda Australia Managing Director Toshio Iwamoto said
Now lets just sit down and take all that in, 148kW from a naturally aspirated 2.0L engine is just enormous amount of power! Honda has always been a big "no no" for Turbo charging their cars, but with this much power output, the need for one might just be unnecessary.
This isn't even a Japanese car, the Type R is British! Built at Honda's Swindon plant in Wiltshire, the Civic Type R is a cult car in the UK, with its massive popularity ensuring over 500 customer orders – or 10% of the entire year's sales run – before the official British launch date of March 1st.
Price, full specifications and further details of the Australian version of the Civic Type R will be released closer to the on-sale date. We simply can't wait to drive this car!