If you thought the previous Honda Civic Type R was expensive, you probably won’t be
surprised to learn the latest version is even more so.

Type R is priced from $72,600 driveaway, $12,000 more than before, and you can
order one now. But don’t expect delivery any time soon. You could find yourself at the
end of a waiting list that now stretches out to more than two years.

The drawcard is that it’s the most powerful Type R ever, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre
four-cylinder engine that now produces up to 235kW of power and 420Nm of torque,
promising even higher performance than before.

That’s 7kW and 20Nm more than the previous model, but not quite as much as cars
sold in Japan where they have better quality fuel.

The dash from 0-100kmh reportedly takes 5.2 seconds.

The turbocharged engine is paired with a quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission
with automatic rev-matching and drive to the front wheels.

Topped with a solid aluminium shift knob, it has been engineered to deliver a crisp
change action with very low internal friction.

With high-strength bearings, it has a greater torque capacity.

A helical-type limited-slip diff minimises wheel spin, allowing the vehicle to accelerate
harder on surfaces with uneven traction.

The new model promises a more planted feel with a 35mm longer wheelbase, 26mm
wider front track and 30mm wider rear track, along with bigger brakes and beefier

There are four modes for the adjustable suspension: Comfort, Sport, +R and a new
Individual mode.

An upgraded Electric Power Steering (EPS) system with a stiffer torsion bar and
improved software control resolution enhances steering feel and control.
We could go on but you get the picture. The problem is getting your hands on one –
that is if you can afford it.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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