If you thought the last Honda Civic Type-R was expensive, you probably won’t be surprised to learn the latest version is even more.
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 peformance 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.
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 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 rubber.
There are four modes for the adjustable suspension: Comfort, Sport, +R and a new Individual mode.