2018 Honda Civic Type-R finally lands on Australian shores

2018 Honda Civic Type-R finally lands on Australian shores

The first shipment of all-new Honda Civic Type-Rs has landed in Australia… 

It’s finally here! Hot hatch fans can now rejoice as the highly-anticipated Honda Civic Type-R has hit Aussie shores.

But before you rush down to your local Honda showroom to catch a glimpse or place an order, don’t because you’ll be disappointed. That’s because the hot hatches are currently sat at Port Melbourne’s Webb Dock.

In total, approximately 60 Civic Type-Rs arrived in Australia as part of the first shipment, including a Rally Red example destined for the national media launch in Tasmania next month. The rest will be delivered to Honda dealerships for pre-delivery in Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

This is the first time for more than six years that the Civic Type-R has graced Australian shores and Honda says that more than 400 units will arrive here this year to satisfy strong early demand for the hot hatch. Right now, Honda has around 350 firm dealer orders and over 6,500 expressions of interest in the Type-R.

When the Type-R and its price tag of $50,990 (plus on-road costs) was announced in late July, Honda had 250 firm orders and about 5,000 pre-registrations – a fact that highlights the car’s popularity.

Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 225kW and 400Nm with drive delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, the Civic Type-R will go head-to-head (in terms of sales) against Ford’s feisty Focus RS, which boasts a very similar price tag.

Australian Type-R buyers will also get adaptive dampers, 20-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, and Honda Sensing safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking, as standard.

“The Type R stands as a banner of Honda’s commitment to creating products that put customers – and enthusiasts – at the centre of everything it does,” said Honda Australia director Stephen Collins.

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