Type R or­ders open

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

THE or­der books for the long awaited 2017 Honda Civic Type R have opened ahead of the car’s of­fi­cial Oc­to­ber 1 on-sale date.

Honda Aus­tralia direc­tor Stephen Collins said cus­tomers were lin­ing up at deal­ers.

“Our deal­ers have been telling us that cus­tomers are ea­ger to put their names against a car so we’ve opened the or­der books early to al­low them to se­cure their or­ders,” he said.

“We un­der­stand the level of in­ter­est as the Civic Type R rep­re­sents the pin­na­cle of per­for­mance for the Civic range and our faith­ful enthusiasts have been lin­ing up.”

Mr Collins said many prospec­tive cus­tomers started con­tact­ing deal­ers last year about the Type R when Honda Aus­tralia an­nounced it was re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia.

It is un­der­stood al­ready there are about 200 pre-or­ders for the hot hatch that is ex­pected to be priced about $50,000.

“We’ve had ex­tra­or­di­nary in­ter­est in this car from ex­ist­ing own­ers and those enthusiasts who are look­ing for some­thing bolder and vis­ually strik­ing; some­thing dis­tinc­tive from the usual Euro­pean of­fer­ings,” Mr Collins said.

Buyer in­ter­est was en­er­gised last month when Honda con­firmed that the all-new Civic Type R had set a new lap time for front-wheel-drive cars at the world-fa­mous Nur­bur­gring cir­cuit in Ger­many. Video and im­agery from the event spiked even more in­ter­est in the car. The Civic Type R set a record of 7 mins 43.80 sec­onds.

Honda Aus­tralia has al­ready brought in sev­eral en­gi­neer­ing ex­am­ples of the all-new 2017 Civic Type R to show deal­ers, and un­der­take val­i­da­tion test­ing. “Even th­ese cars have cre­ated a buzz around the ar­rival of the first pro­duc­tion cars later this year,” Mr Collins said.

For Aus­tralia, the Civic Type R will be avail­able in one en­gine spec­i­fi­ca­tion, a 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo en­gine mated to a new close-ra­tio six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with revmatch­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. Vis­ually the car fea­tures a track-tested aero kit with split­ters.

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