Hi MOTOR. I just received my subscription and tore open the plastic to find a proper article on the new Civic Type R. While I’ve keenly read many snippets, this is the first in-depth drive story I’ve read. Well done Louis Cordony on a great read. Like the author, I also have an original Integra Type R in the garage (now a weekend toy), and may well be in the market for the new generation as a family car once the current lease is up.
However, I was devastated to have to strike it off the shortlist upon reading that (unlike the cooking model Civics), it would only be arriving on our shores in four-seat configuration. As a father of three adorable kidlets, anything less than a full three-seat rear bench is unfortunately off the shopping list. Your spec sheet at the end of the article refers to a “5 door, 5-seat” configuration.
Please MOTOR, tell me it’s true!
David Nelson, via Facebook Unfortunately it’s not, Paul. Our fingers slipped while typing the specs box. Your dilemma is something that went relatively unnoticed during the launch’s fanfare. Moving the fuel tank rearwards for better weight distribution compromised its rear seating arrangement. Honda had to ditch its magic-seats. But went after the fifth pew for weight savings, we’re told. Either way, we’re sorry!