THE 2017 HONDA CIVIC TYPE R is available to order right now. It will go on-sale officially on October 1, pricing and final specifications will be announced closer to the time.
In a statement, Honda Australia director, Stephen Collins said: "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."
Many prospective customers started contacting dealers last year about the Civic Type R when Honda Australia announced it was returning to Australia, Mr. Collins said. "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."
For Australia, the Civic Type R will be available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a new close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching capability.
The 2017 Civic Type R chassis builds on that of the new Civic with model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension set- up with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer while a new multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking. There's also a new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers; a retuned and adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio; and a helical limited-slip front differential.
The Honda Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver-selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System.
In Australia, the 2017 Civic Type R will be available in five distinctive colours. The hero colour is Championship White, the traditional Type R racing colour. Customers will also be able to choose from Rally Red, Crystal Black, Sonic Grey or Brilliant Sporty Blue. Crystal Black and Sonic Grey are Pearlescent colours; while Brilliant Sporty Blue is Metallic. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be sourced from the Honda of the UK Manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK.