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2018 Honda Civic Type R now available to order in Australia

If you’re itching to get your hands on Honda’s Nurburgring lap-record-holding Civic Type R, you don’t have to wait any longer as dealerships have begun taking orders.

Honda Australia’s director Stephen Collins confirmed the news in an announcement today, saying:

“Our dealers have been telling us that customers are eager to put their names against a car so we’ve opened the order books early to allow them to secure their orders. We understand the level of interest as the Civic Type R represents the pinnacle of performance for the Civic range and our faithful enthusiasts have been lining up.”

The 2018 Civic Type R grabbed headlines last month when it completed a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7.43:80, meaning, like its predecessor, it is a front-drive lap record holder for the famed and very challenging circuit.

It is powered by a 236kW 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with a close-ratio six-speed manual with front-wheel drive. A 16kg lighter and 38 per cent stiffer body also helps in this regard, along with 350mm front brakes and Brembo calipers, and track-tested aero kit.

While price is yet to be revealed, the UK-built Civic Type R will hope to compete with Ford Focus RS, the upcoming Renault Sport Megane, Hyundai i30 N series and VW Golf R.

“We’ve had extraordinary interest in this car from existing owners and those enthusiasts who are looking for something bolder and visually striking; something distinctive from the usual European offerings,” Collins said.

We will bring you more details, including final local specs and prices as they come to hand. The official on-sale date is penned in for October 1.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.