Now available in Championship White – Honda’s traditional racing colour – the new Type R harks back to memories of the brand’s first F1 car in 1963.
Completing the aesthetics are 18 inch graphite coloured alloy wheels, a contrasting smoke chrome finish on the badges, door handles, fuel filler cap and lower front grille and exclusive Type R plaque.
The biggest changes however have occurred underneath its skin, now equipped with a limited slip differential to help translate the 148kW of power produced by its high-revving 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine to the ground.
This new differential has allowed the Type R to shave 1.44 seconds off its lap time of the famous Tsukaka circuit in Japan.
In addition to this, the Type R has also gained a tyre deflation warning system and parking sensors; while on the inside, an auxiliary jack and USB port allow owners to connect portable media to their car.
The new 2009 Honda Civic Type R will go on sale from March 2, priced from $41,990.