Though it's already set to make its first appearance in production form at next month's Geneva Motor Show, Australian Honda enthusiasts may have to wait until 2017 before they can drive the new Civic Type R on local roads.
Honda has been without a high-performance hatchback since 2011, when the last-generation Civic Type R ended production.
For Honda Australia, the priority will instead be the local launch of the NSX supercar (below), which made its first public appearance in production form at last month's Detroit auto show.
The local launch phase for the NSX will formally kick off at the Melbourne Grand Prix in March, where Honda will exhibit the last NSX Concept and start taking expressions of interest from potential buyers. The ordering process will be detailed soon after.
Being a supercar, deposits aren't expected to flood in for the NSX. Honda also intends to sell the NSX through less than a third of its 103 dealerships, with priority given to larger dealers in capital cities.
Honda is still keeping mum on the NSX's price, though the official launch is virtually locked-in for the second half of 2016. Once that occurs, the Civic Type R will follow in the months after.
Speaking to TMR at the launch of the HR-V, Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins confirmed that the Civic Type R won't arrive before late 2016.
"Our first priority has been NSX," he said. "[Civic Type R] certainly won’t be before NSX."
"We’re still trying to confirm beyond that point when it’ll be, I’m hoping it’ll be sooner rather than later. It’s just a case of getting the business case finalised.
"The focus is clearly on Europe, but we’re certainly in line for it. Hopefully it won’t be too far behind NSX."
With an all-new Civic supposedly due to arrive sometime in the latter half of 2016, Honda could be in the slightly awkward position where its small performance hot hatch is a full generation behind the rest of the range.
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