Honda has unveiled a more focused, lighter version of its hot hatch hero, but prospective buyers will need to get in quickly.
The Civic Type R Limited Edition will be available in "very small" numbers for Australia, and separates itself from the regular range with touches like 20-inch BBS alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and modified dampers.
The steering has also been tweaked to work with the new rolling stock, although Honda hasn't gone into details about exactly what changes have been made.
There's less sound deadening in the roof, rear hatch, front bumper and front dashboard, but the rear seats have stuck around.
In a dig at Renault, the Honda media release says "unlike other brands’ track-focused performance hatchbacks, the Limited Edition retains its rear seats and the everyday usability for which the Civic is renowned". Take that, Megane Trophy-R.
As with the current Type R, the lightweight limited-run special has a set of red bucket seats and a metal gear knob, along with a plaque bearing the car's build number.
Power still comes from a four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 228kW and 400Nm, put exclusively to the front wheels.
Also carried over for the Limited Edition are the standard car's range of semi-autonomous driver assists such as autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Honda is keen to highlight the addition of LogR, a system capable of tracking your driving and analysing how smooth you are.
Hooked up to a smartphone, the car's screen can display a 'performance monitor' with information about your lap times and lateral g-forces, while the 'Log Mode' uses GPS and the car's internal sensors to "gather data on acceleration, braking, cornering G and other parameters".
"The app encourages smooth, controlled driving through the use of a colour-coded trace of each lap," Honda says.
"The goal is to encourage smooth inputs to the clutch, gear shift, steering, brakes and accelerator to keep the car balanced and thus improve overall driving skills, not just the skills required for a particular track."
On the road, the same system can be used to monitor how smooth your inputs are compared to a professional baseline.
Expressions of interest for the new Civic Type R Limited Edition are now open, ahead of the car's debut in the first half of 2021.