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Honda Civic Type R priced in UK, previews SA model


Honda has announced pricing details of its record breaking Civic Type R in the United Kingdom, hinting at what local buyers could expect from the Japanese automaker's answer to the Volkswagen Golf GTI / R, Ford Focus RS and forthcoming Renault Megane RS.

Build at Honda's UK factory in Swindon, the Type R, which last month lapped the Nürburgring in seven minutes 43 seconds to unseat the Volkswagen Golf Clubsport S by 5.5 seconds as the fastest front-wheel drive production car, will be offered in two trim levels; base and GT, the latter mainly adding items such as dual-zone climate control, Honda Connect with Garmin satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charging, upgraded sound system and LED headlights.

Providing forward momentum is a revised version of the previous Type R's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which now produces 235 kW and 400 Nm of torque, and linked to a six-speed manual gearbox with a rev-matching function that blips the throttle on each downchange.

Pricing starts at £30 995 (R544 098) with the GT commanding a sticker price of £32 995 (R579 207). It remains unknown as to when the Type R will make its local debut.

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