HONDA’S BACK

Motor (Australia) - - THE VENT -

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!

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