2018 Honda Civic Type-R specs & pricing revealed for Australia

2018 Honda Civic Type-R specs & pricing revealed for Australia

Highly-anticipated fifth-generation Honda Civic Type-R will be priced the same as Focus RS, but will be detuned for Down Under.

We’re still a few months away from the Honda Civic Type-R’s official Australian debut, but Honda has kept our interest piqued by releasing pricing and initial specifications details.

Hot hatch fans who were anticipating a RRP of sub-$50k are going to be disappointed. That’s because Honda has actually gone back on its initial claims and decided to pitch the Type-R from $50,990 (plus on-road costs), when it goes on sale this October.

This will see the Civic (literally) go head-to-head with Ford’s Focus RS, which is priced the same. However, the $50,990 price tag means it is still $2,000 cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf R.

There will only be one specification available, which includes Brembo brakes, adaptive dampers and 20-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Differentiating the Type-R from the Focus RS and Golf R is the fact it’s front wheel-drive and doesn’t have an automatic option (a six-speed manual transmission is the only one available).

When it comes to power, Honda has confirmed that the Type-R’s 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine will produce 228kW at 6500rpm and 400Nm from 2500 to 4500rpm. That’s actually less than its European counterpart – a reality that Honda says is due to it being detuned for Australia’s hotter climate and to enable it to run on 95 octane fuel rather than Europe’s more readily available 98 RON petrol.

Nevertheless, acceleration figures shouldn’t change much (if at all), so we can expect something in the region of the 5.7-second 0-100 km/h times quoted overseas.

Honda Australia says it has already received 250 confirmed orders for the new Civic Type-R, as well as 5,000 expressions of interest.

In addition, the Civic Type-R will also feature telemetry-style instrumentation, including a g-force meter, throttle position indicator, turbo boost gauge and gear shift light. There’s also Honda Sensing – a range of electronic driver aids, which includes forward collision and lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control and lane assist.

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