Honda lands new Civic Type R

Generated by pixel @ 2017-09-04T08:03:46.326649Around 60 customer cars arrived, with the first to touch Australian soil being a Rally Red example. This model is set to be the official media vehicle over the coming months. The rest will be transported to South Australia, Victoria, and Northern Territory for their owners to take delivery.

On the contrary, the Honda Civic Type R is the opposite. Despite not having the ideal layout for a performance car, being front-wheel drive and front-engined, it’s a hilariously good driver’s car. The steering is sharp, the chassis is responsive and communicative and the as-standard manual gearbox is a gem. It feels like a proper sports car.

That’s up from the 250 orders and 5000 preregistrations Honda said it had when Australian pricing of $50,990 plus on-road costs – matching Ford’s feisty Focus RS – was announced in late July.

I liked the previous Civic Type R without ever really thinking it a serious contender for best-in-class honours. The new version, though, feels like a monumental step forward. That its breadth of ability — most notably, its faculty for tangibly changing character between drive modes — now rivals the Golf R’s all-game versatility was very much the day’s big surprise. Nick Cackett.

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