The Advertiser - Motoring - - COVER STORY HONDA CIVIC TYPE R -


This is the first Honda Civic Type R in Aus­tralia since the 2007-12 model, which cost $39,990 plus on-roads. The 2017 edi­tion, based on the 10th gen­er­a­tion Civic hatch, is $50,990 plus on-roads.


The one lo­cal model comes with radar cruise con­trol, for­ward col­li­sion warning, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, lane keep­ing as­sis­tance, left lane cam­era, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, rear view cam­era, G force me­ter, lap timer, Ap­ple Car Play and An­droid Auto. (Not avail­able: built-in nav­i­ga­tion, rear cross traf­fic alert and blind spot warning.)


The 2.0-litre turbo makes 228kW/400Nm. Aus­tralia’s lower qual­ity fuel means we don’t get the 235kW of the Euro­peans but torque is the same. Six-speed man­ual, the sole trans­mis­sion, turns a lim­ited-slip front dif­fer­en­tial.


Honda claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 sec­onds; our best was 6.2. The sin­gle-scroll turbo means old-school turbo lag is prom­i­nent be­low 4000rpm. Above 4000rpm it’s a mis­sile, all the way to the 7000rpm red-line.


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