The new Honda Civic Type R is now available in South Africa from a starting price of R979,000.
Sporting a high-performance VTEC motor, this Type R is the most powerful of its kind ever to be produced and offers a purist hot hatch experience courtesy of a manual shifter and radical styling.
The new Type R uses the brand’s famous 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine in conjunction with a six-speed box to put out a maximum of 235kW and 420Nm.
This is 7kW and 20Nm more than the outgoing model, resulting in a 0-100km/h sprint that has been cut down by 0.3 seconds for a total of 5.5 seconds while the top speed remains unchanged at 272km/h.
A limited-slip differential, adaptive suspension system, and rev matching are standard features of the latest Type R’s drivetrain, the latter of which facilitates smoother downshifts that put less strain on the clutch, gearbox, and motor; and it rides on distinctive matte black 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
Four driving modes can also be cycled through via a toggle on the centre console namely Comfort, Sport, +R, and Individual.
Inside the four-seater cabin, the Honda is decked out with a wide selection of amenities included in the price tag.
These take the form of model-exclusive sports seats in red/black suede, a honeycomb dash, stainless steel sports pedals, a suede multifunction steering wheel, a 10.2-inch digital driver’s display, and a 9-inch touchscreen that enables wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as in-car navigation.
Other fittings comprise automatic LED lights with high-beam assist, a wireless charger, a 12-speaker Bose stereo, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-view camera with all-round parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and keyless entry and start.
Taking care of safety, the Honda further benefits from forward collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, road-departure mitigation, ABS with emergency brake assist, agile handling assist, automatic brake hold, and six airbags.
Each purchase of a new Civic Type R includes a 5-year/200,000km warranty, a 5-year/90,000km service plan, and three years of AA roadside assistance.