Type R revs it up

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

WITH all eyes on Mel­bourne this week­end for the Aus­tralian For­mula 1 Grand Prix, Honda has rolled out the forth­com­ing Civic Type R for its first lo­cal view­ing.

The Ja­panese brand en­listed the help of McLaren-Honda F1 driver Stof­fel Van­doorne (pic­tured) to present the 10thgen­er­a­tion per­for­mance hero at the pub­lic event with the Type R now on dis­play at the Hil­ton Mel­bourne South Wharf for the du­ra­tion of the race week­end.

Van­doorne was for­tu­nate to be­come the first per­son Down Un­der to slide be­hind the wheel of the hot hatch, with the young Bel­gian shar­ing his first im­pres­sions af­ter a short drive.

“It’s a su­perb look­ing car and faith­ful to the ethos of what makes the Type R great – a su­perb en­gine, ex­cel­lent dy­nam­ics and Honda’s proven qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity,” he said.

“As a high-per­for­mance hatch show­cas­ing Honda’s tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise.

“It’s also per­fectly at home in the world of For­mula 1.”

The pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the per­for­mance hero was re­vealed at the Geneva mo­tor show ear­lier this month with the car re­main­ing faith­ful to the de­sign of the con­cept that was un­cov­ered at last year’s Paris show.

Sig­nif­i­cant shove is pro­vided by a 2.0-litre VTEC tur­bocharged four-cylin­der petrol en­gine that pro­duces 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque, which en­sures the Type R has what it takes to stay com­pet­i­tive against the likes of the Ford Fo­cus RS (257kW/440Nm) and Volk­swa­gen Golf R (206kW/380Nm).

Power is sent to the tar­mac via the front wheels, while the high-out­put pow­er­plant is matched to a six-speed man­ual gear­box which fea­tures revmatch­ing.

It was a fam­ily af­fair at the Mel­bourne event as the hot hatch was joined by two of its Civic sib­lings – the sedan and soon-to-be-re­leased RS hatch.

The ninth-gen­er­a­tion Type R never made it to lo­cal show­rooms, de­spite an in­flux of in­ter­est from Aussie cus­tomers. It goes on sale late this year.

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