Honda Civic Red Edition celebrates Type R arrival in Australia

October 5, 2017

To celebrate the arrival of the new, 2017 Honda Civic Type R, Honda Australia is introducing a special ‘Red Edition’ version of the Civic hatch.

Available in almost all variant levels, including VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, and VTi-LX (excluding RS), the Red Edition is being built in limited numbers. 228 examples, to be specific, inspired by the amount of kilowatts offered in the new Type R hatch.

The Red Edition pack adds a unique front spoiler, rear spoiler, and slide skirts, all in red, with special Red Edition floor mats. Aside from that, it’s pretty much a regular Civic hatch. Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said:

“When we launched the Civic sedan last year, we developed the ‘Black Pack’ accessories and early this year we produced a limited run of ‘Orange Pack’ accessories for the Civic hatch. Customers love the boldness of the Honda Civic sedan and hatch and the eye-catching ‘Red Edition’ is an attention-grabbing styling statement for Civic customers looking to add some individuality to their cars.”

This is all being put together to celebrate the arrival of the Type R model, which comes with a 2.0-litre VTEC turbo four-cylinder generating 228kW. Honda says over 420 orders have already been placed by Australian punters, with over 6500 pre-registrations.

So far Honda Australia says it expects more than 495 Type Rs to land Down Under before the end of the year, and confirms it has been able to secure a larger allocation than originally planned. The Type R goes on sale later this month, with prices starting from $50,990 (excluding on-roads).

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As for the Red Edition, it’s available now commanding an additional $2498 over the original sticker price of either variant mentioned above.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.