Honda announced pricing for the new Civic Type R in Australia, where it costs AU$72,600 (US$48,646 ) drive-away, positioned against the similarly priced VW Golf R. Order books for the Japanese hot hatch will open on December 1, with Honda Australia already having more than 4,000 pre-registration.
The Honda Civic Type R costs around AU$12,000 (US$8,000) more than its predecessor in Australia. It is also more expensive than the previous-gen Type R Limited Edition by a margin of AU$2,600 (US$1,740).
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Predictably, the steep price places it further away from other front-wheel-drive hot hatches like the Hyundai i30 N (from $50,825 AUD / $34,029 USD), and the VW Golf GTI (from $61,375 AUD / $41,094 USD), although the Honda is more powerful than both of those models producing 315 hp (235 kW / 320 PS) from its turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC. The similarly priced VW Golf R ($72,837 AUD / $48,741 USD) has an identical power output from its 2.0-liter TSI engine in AU-spec guise, but it is also equipped with a sophisticated AWD system.
As expected, the sixth-gen Civic Type R is generously equipped and has more standard features than the outgoing model. Those include a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, a wireless charging pad, four selectable driving modes (Comfort, Sport, +R, Individual), the Honda LogR data logging system, bucket seats with red suede-effect upholstery, ambient lighting, an active exhaust valve, and an array of ADAS.
The new Civic Type R is available in Championship White, Rally Red, Crystal Black, and Sonic Grey exterior colors with the aggressive version-specific bodykit and the 19-inch matte-black alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
Speaking about the heavy interest from Australian customers, Ms. Carolyn McMahon, Honda Australia Director, said: “Since the world premiere of the all-new Civic Type R in July, more than 4,000 enthusiasts and prospective customers have registered their details via the Honda website, keen to stay up to date with the latest news and information on the new model. There has also been a significant spike in the volume of enquiry we’ve received, with our network of Honda Centres telling us that customers are contacting them regularly, eager to put their names down to secure a new Civic Type R”.
The first deliveries for the new Civic Type R in Australia are scheduled for February 2023. Production is already underway at the Honda Yorii Plant in Japan, while the engine is manufactured at the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio, US.