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Honda unveils the ultimate Civic Type R

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition
2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition

Honda is set to unleash the most extreme version of its renowned high performance car with the Civic Type R Limited Edition. Built as the purest expression of Type R to date, it features new lightweight components, enhanced driving dynamics and stand-out styling.

Developed with track performance as its core focus, the new Civic Type R Limited Edition has been designed and engineered to be the most dynamic front wheel drive hatchback available. Just a very small number of the exclusive model will be built for Australia.

The new version features lightweight 20-inch forged BBS alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which are designed for high-speed track driving but still deliver exceptional on-road performance.

Modified dampers optimise this new wheel and tyre combination and re-calibration of the steering offers maximum control and feedback. To reflect its extrovert nature, an exclusive new colour, ‘Sunlight Yellow’, is introduced for the Civic Type R Limited Edition.

A dark chrome Civic badge will also adorn the rear. With the addition of contrasting gloss black paint on the roof, wing mirrors and intake vent on the bonnet, the bold colour scheme reflects Honda’s sporting heritage.

The Civic Type R Limited Edition’s interior echoes Honda’s sporting bloodline, featuring the red bucket seats and a new red-accented Alcantara steering wheel, along with a new teardrop style gear knob. Each model features a plaque marking the build number.

Continuing its track-focused nature, sound-deadening materials in the roof, rear hatch panel, front bumper and dashboard have been omitted to save weight.

However, unlike other brands’ track-focused performance hatchbacks, the Limited Edition retains its rear seats and the everyday usability for which the Civic is renowned.

Like the standard Type R, the Limited Edition also receives the Honda SENSING suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including collision mitigation braking with forward collision warning.

It also gets road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. It retains the Type R’s powerful 2.0-litre VTEC turbo engine. Peak power is 228kW, with 400Nm of torque.

Honda will introduce some unique additions too, including LogR, a performance datalogger, exclusive to Type R. The new system combines the Type R’s on board computer and sensors with a smartphone app to help drivers monitor performance.

It also helps improve their driving skills both on and off the track through the use of a driving-smoothness algorithm. With access to the Type R’s on board computer, Honda LogR can deliver much more detail than third-party performance logging apps.

While driving, all interaction with Honda LogR is through the infotainment screen, with the track-focused Log Mode (lap timer), and Auto Score (smoother driving) offering enhanced functionality through a smartphone.

The Type R Limited Edition is set to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2021, and pricing and further details will be announced closer to the launch. In the meantime, you can register your interest here.

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