NEW HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

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“The all-new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and highest performing Type R ever built, and sets new standards in the fiercely contested high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment,” says Graham Eagle, director of operations at Honda Motor Southern Africa.

“Boasting an all-new forced-induction VTEC Turbo engine, advanced new suspension systems and purposeful styling that delivers the visual excitement expected of a Type R while enhancing performance and stability, the new Civic Type R sets new benchmarks for power delivery” he added.

This exhilarating new model signals the start of a new performance era for Honda, drawing on the brand’s racing DNA to occupy the top position in the Honda Civic line-up.

“Part of a wave of next-generation, all-new Honda vehicles, the new Civic Type R demonstrates the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation which makes life better for its customers,” Eagle concluded.

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Inspired by the Japanese word ‘buttigiri’, which translated means ‘to break  through and leave the rest behind’, Honda’s engineers sought to develop a Type R that would more than live up to the high expectations associated with the red badge.

The new Civic Type R has been engineered to deliver a dynamic, class-leading performance regardless of whether it’s being driven on fast roads, through a twisty mountain pass, or on a racing circuit. At the same time, it remains true to the ease of use and practical packaging expected of a Civic.

The new Type R combines a world-first application of Honda’s new VTEC Turbo engine with a sensuous sporting sound, to aggressive function-led styling and pioneering new chassis technologies. The result is a profound driving machine: a super hatch at the push of a button.

Offered as a full-specification five-door model, the Civic Type R is set to catapult Honda back to the top of the two-wheel drive performance hatchback league.
As part of a rigorous and detailed development and testing programme, a pre-production development Honda Civic Type R achieved a lap time of 7 min 50,63 sec around the legendary 20,8 km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. This time is unmatched by any other front-wheel drive performance hatchback.

During the test cycle, the development car used production-specification high-rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels. These were fitted with the 235/35 R19 Continental  SportContact 6 road tyres developed specifically for the new Civic Type R.

The Type R has since become the first production vehicle to be fitted with the new Continental SportContact 6 as original equipment.

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Pricing

The new Honda Type R is available in limited numbers through Honda Motor Southern Africa’s national dealer network.

The retail price of R586 400 includes a five-year/200 000 km warranty, and a five-year/90 000 km service plan, while a three-year AA Roadside Assistance package is also included. Services are at 15 000 km intervals.