After months of speculating, the Type R finally arrived this week from Southampton. The type R is all British, and will make its way to Honda dealerships next year. Honda's reputation for naturally aspirated engines has been reinforced with the 2.0-litre high-revving engine (148kW of power and 193Nm of torque) found in the Civic.
The Type-R will only come in the three door variant. The engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox (no automatic - thankfully). You also get
- cruise control,
- dual-zone climate control,
- automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers,
- auto on/off headlights,
- a CD-player with MP3 and WMA capabilities,
- leather-bound tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel.
Apart from that, given the tough European safety standard, the Civic Type R comes with everything you could ask for in the safety department. With Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (another name for ESP), front, side and curtain airbags, ABS brakes and emergency brake assist, the Type-R gets it all.
For those unfamiliar with Honda engines, the idea (when its time to play) is to redline on every gear change, and where is the redline you ask? 8,000 RPM.
The Type-R may not sound like a quick car from the power figures, however given it only weighs 1345kg, it goes from 0-100km/hr in 6.6 seconds. The hot hatch has a 485 litre boot capacity.
Honda have still not officially released prices and options, but we expect the Type-R to be under 40k on road.