Hot hatch fans, rejoice, the long-awaited Honda Civic Type R has finally landed in Australia, though at this point it’s only sitting dockside rather than in your local showroom.
Honda has released images of its first shipment of Civic Type Rs rolling off the boat at Melbourne’s Webb Dock, with around 60 cars in the first allocation to spread over media duties and customer deliveries.
Before the end of the year, around 400 Type Rs are expected to land in Australia to meet the demand that comes from over 350 dealer orders, with more than 6500 expressions of interest from keen fans logged by Honda in the lead up to the new model’s arrival.
In Australia the Civic Type R is priced from $50,990 plus on-road costs and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 225kW and 400Nm with drive delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual.
Australian buyers will also be treated to adaptive dampers, Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Honda Sensing safety systems including autonomous emergency braking as standard.
"The Type R stands as a banner of Honda’s commitment to creating products that put customers - and enthusiasts - at the centre of everything it does,” said Honda’s Australian director, Stephen Collins.
“Since the Civic Type R prototype was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last year, the anticipation surrounding Honda’s next-generation high-performance hot hatch has continued to build, so it’s incredibly exciting to have the first cars here now and it won’t be long until we’ll start to see them out on the road.”
The Type R returns to Australia after a six-year absence, with the previous generation Civic Type R missing out on a local berth.
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