Honda’s new Civic Type R hot hatch, revealed earlier this month after years of spy photos and teasers, will soon hit the race track.
Destined for the British Touring Car Championship, a track-ready Type R was revealing by the Honda Yuasa Racing outfit this week.
Developed by Team Dynamics in the UK, the racer is decked out in a full aero kit with new panels and beefed-up flares over the wider track and racing wheels, along with the requisite wing across the rear hatch.
And while the roadgoing model will churn out 228kW and 400Nm of torque, its racing cousin will deliver a meaner 260kW. Torque remains unchanged, however.
The new hero racer replaces the overseas Civic Tourer wagon-based weapon that campaigned in the 2014 BTCC series, along with the ‘regular’ hatch-based model that starred in earlier seasons.
As for the regular Type R, Honda is already boasting of a new record time at the Nurburgring, recording a 7m50.63s lap of the 20.83km 7m50.63s.
When can we expect to see the new hot hatch setting club track-day records in Australia?
We may never at all, although Honda’s local bos Stephen Collins told TMR last month that a late 2016 or early 2017 debut could be on the cards.
"Our first priority has been NSX," he said. "[Civic Type R] certainly won’t be before NSX," Mr Collins said.
"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.