R is for red-hot.
It has been revealed today that Honda’s much-awaited Civic Type R will go on sale in July, with prices starting at £30,995, increasing to £32,995 for the GT version.
It’s certainly a far cry from the old Civic driving by a bunch of pensioners.
This is OMG not OAP.
When it goes on sale in July, it will take on the Ford Fiesta ST and VW Golf GTI.
The Type R is already a stonker having ripped round the Nurburgring in a record-breaking seven minutes, 43.8 second lap time – that’s a whopping three seconds quicker than the old champ VW Golf GTI Clubsport S.
Powering the new Type R hatchback is a 2-litre VTEC Turbo, which has been tweaked and uprated to produce 316bhp.
The optimised engine control settings improves the throttle response and drivability.
Pairing the 316bhp engine is six-speed manual transmission, typical of a hot hatch, where you want to control all the power at your fingertips.
Performance figures have yet to be announced, but we can expect an improvement over the outgoing Type R’s 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds.
There are three driving modes which customises the suspension, throttle response, and handling – Sport, Comfort and +R.
Honda says that the car’s aerodynamics have been tweaked and improved and lightweight materials have been used to reduce the weight and drag while traveling at speed.
As with the outgoing GT model, drivers will benefit from blind spot information including cross traffic monitor, dual zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, Honda CONNECT with Garmin Navigation, wireless charging, high power audio, and LED front fog lights.
PCP car finance pricing has also been confirmed, with the new car being available for monthly payments of £299, on a three year 5.9 per cent contract, for the entry level variant.
Phil Webb, Head of Cars at Honda UK, commented: “As with the previous generation, we are fully expecting a huge demand for the Civic Type R.
“The order bank is already open and we are experiencing strong interest off the back of the launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March – and this is before our customers have even taken a test drive.”
No pensioners are in the order bank, apparently.