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2017 Honda Civic Type R priced from $50,990 in Australia

July 1, 2017

It’s almost here. The new Honda Civic Type R will soon touch down in Australia, coming in as one of the quickest hot hatches ever introduced here.

As we all already know, the new Type R has cracked the Nurburgring production car lap record for a front-wheel drive, with a time of 7:43.8. This achievement is thanks to a brand new 2.0-litre turbo VTEC engine producing 228kW and 400Nm.

How is all that power sent through the front wheels? Via a sophisticated dual-axis front suspension system with aluminium lower arms and steering knuckles, and a multi-link rear end for ultimate stability.

Drivers can select between Comfort, Sport, and +R driving modes, which all alter the steering and throttle sensitivity, the dampers, and the stability control program accordingly.

As standard, the Aussie-spec version comes with special Type R sports seats, machined alloy gear knob, a 414-litre boot, and a 7.0-inch TFT touch-screen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology.

Honda’s genius LaneWatch system and the Honda Sensing Safety suite is also included in the package, along with 20-inch Berlina alloy wheels in black wearing 245/30 Continental SportContact 6 tyres.

This is expected to become a very popular model in Australia, especially as our market has a craving for sports and performance variants. As such, Honda Australia says there has already been 250-plus dealer orders along with over 5000 pre-registrations online for the new model.

It goes on sale from a competitive $50,990 (excluding on-road costs), placing it nicely against the likes of the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R. Local deliveries will start to come through in October.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.