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.