Type R orders open
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.