The 2021 Honda Civic Type R is no longer available to order, as the iconic hot hatch approaches the end of its lifecycle.
Honda Australia confirmed to CarAdvice order books for Honda's cult hot hatch closed in late 2020, following customer demand for the mid-life facelifted Civic Type R launched in October 2020 that "exceeded [Honda Australia's] expectations".
Interested customers can no longer place an order for a new, custom-built vehicle, while a selection of metro Honda dealers contacted by CarAdvice reported no stock is available within local dealer inventories, given nearly all Type R models that reach Australia are custom-ordered by buyers or snapped up en route to our shores.
The final shipments of vehicles will arrive in the coming months – with one dealer reporting two boat-loads are on the way, in May/June and October/November – ahead of the end of Civic Type R production in July 2021, as the Swindon, UK plant at which it is built will be closed alongside it.
Despite rumours among dealers that new customer orders for the hot hatch could recommence around the middle of the year, the Australia-bound vehicles currently in production or soon to be built will indeed be the final, current-generation Civic Type Rs to reach Australia.
Honda has confirmed the next-generation Civic hatchback will again offer a Type R halo – rumoured to debut in late 2022 – with overseas reports suggesting production for the US market will head Stateside, a move that could be mirrored for our market.
It's unlikely the regular Civic hatch range will be affected by the end of Type R production, as it is built in Thailand, and no indication has emerged suggesting the new model – expected to be unveiled later this year – will be produced at a different facility.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest on the current- and next-generation versions of the Honda Civic Type R.