Civic Type-R Production Underway in the UK
In a subtle tribute to the UK flag, the first three Honda Civic Type-Rs to roll off the firm’s UK production line were red, white and blue in colour. What can we expect from these hottest of hatches?
The first three units of the highly-anticipated, all-new Honda Civic Type-R have rolled off the production line at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon, England.
While its fate in Australia is still somewhat up in the air, the new Civic Type-R has been confirmed for North America and the wider European market.
Boasting a 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC engine, which produces a colossal 306-horsepower, the Civic Type-R is the quintessential hot hatch and can do 0-100 kph in 5.7 seconds.
And the new Type-R doesn’t just sound like a beast on paper. In fact, it holds the Nürburgring front-wheel-drive lap record, with a blistering time of 7 minutes 50.63 seconds (four seconds faster than the Renault Megane Trophy-R).
Talking about the start of regular production of the Civic Type R, Honda’s UK manufacturing managing director, Soichiro Takizawa, said:
“The new Civic Type-R is an imperative model for Honda, representing our racing spirit and demonstrating our commitment to innovation and passion. We are extremely proud to be the only manufacturer of the Civic Type R in the world. Our high standards have earned us this privilege and this is testament to the continued commitment of our Associates.”
Honda’s Swindon plant will be the global production hub for the Civic Type-R, even supplying US dealerships in due course. The fact that it has now produced its first three vehicles represents a massive milestone for the Japanese firm.
In terms of performance, the Civic Type-R’s key rivals are cars like the Subaru WRX STI, Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS. The Honda, however, is slightly different in that all its power is sent to the front wheels only. Engineers have developed a specialised suspension system, known as the Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension, which has is designed to reduce torque steer by 50% compared to the suspension on a standard Civic.