Autocar New 2015 Honda Civic Type-R waiting lists grow

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  1. Autocar Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


    The new Type-R is said to have a class-leading 0-62mph sprint time​
    Honda’s 306bhp, front-drive hot hatch sprints from 0-62mph in a claimed 5.7sec and runs to 167mph; on sale now, priced from £29,995 The Honda Civic Type-R is sold out in the UK until February, despite the first cars having only arrived in the UK this month. In total, UK dealers have placed orders for more than 800 cars, prompting Honda UK boss Philip Crossman to declare "the car has already exceeded all our expectations".

    The Type-R is the fastest and most powerful front-wheel-drive hot hatch in existence. It made its debut at the Geneva motor show, and is priced from £29,995. At its heart is an all-new 306bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that enables it to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 5.7sec and hit a 167mph top speed.

    Read our Honda Civic Type-R first drive verdict here

    "We knew it was a car with a following, but the interest it has generated inside and outside of the company has been phenominal," said Crossman. "It has dominated our thinking for the past few months, and it's already playing a key role in building interest in our brand and telling the world that Honda is back where it belongs."

    To help the Type-R get its prodigious reserves to the road, it gets a special ‘Dual Axis Strut’ front suspension system and a mechanical limited-slip differential. An extensive aerodynamic package also features to complete the Civic Type-R’s extreme track-bred positioning.

    The most dominant feature in the Civic Type-R is its new VTEC engine. The direct-injection turbo unit’s 306bhp arrives at 6500rpm and peak torque of 295lb ft is at 2500rpm. The engine hits the redline at 7000rpm.

    The 2.0-litre engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. There is no automatic option. The 0-62mph time and top speed are both class-leading.

    Honda says the Civic Type-R has been fitted with “a number of innovative new suspension systems” that are designed to “maximise power transfer to the road”.

    Chief among them is that Dual Axis Strut front suspension system, which is similar to Ford’s RevoKnuckle system. It’s a version of a MacPherson strut front suspension set-up that features an additional steering knuckle, so the wheel steers around a point closer to its centre line, reducing torque steer by up to 50% compared with a standard Civic, according to Honda.

    The rear suspension is an H-shaped torsion beam design but has been modified over the standard Civic’s to include a new ‘crushed pipe’, which, Honda says, improves roll rigidity by 180%, and enhances high-speed corner stability. Adaptive dampers also feature at each corner and the electric steering has been retuned for greater response and feel.

    To access the full potential of the chassis and powertrain, Honda has equipped the Civic Type-R with a ‘+R’ driving mode. This increases engine response, provides more aggressive torque mapping, reduces the assistance on the steering and firms up the dampers by 30%.

    Stopping power is provided by bespoke high-performance Brembo brakes, which feature four-piston calipers and drilled discs that measure 350mm in diameter at the front. The brakes sit behind 19in wheels shod with 235/35 tyres made of a bespoke compound.

    Chassis tuning for the Civic Type-R has taken place at the Nürburgring and Suzuka circuits, as well as at Honda’s own Takasu test track in Japan. Honda has already won the front-wheel drive record for production cars at the Nürburgring, eclipsing the Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R’s 7min 54sec lap time by four seconds.

    Extensive aerodynamic work has taken place in the wind tunnel at Honda’s dedicated motorsport facility in Sakura, Japan, where it develops its Formula 1 engines.

    The result is exterior styling that has been heavily influenced by aerodynamic demands. Most striking is the large, fixed rear wing, which has been redesigned from that of the Civic Type-R concept car seen at the Geneva and Paris motor shows of 2014. Its height, shape, angle and end plates have all been modified to provide enough downforce without compromising drag at higher speeds.

    Also notable at the rear is the large diffuser, which works with the flat underside to ‘suck’ the car to the road. There are four exhaust tips, two on each side of the car, and a more aggressive-looking rear bumper design.

    Other new design features compared with the standard Civic on which the Type-R is based include a new front bumper that has been shaped to reduce turbulence around the front wheels, a wide front splitter, flared wheel arches, which at the front allow air in as extra cooling for the engine, and larger front grilles, also for increased cooling. Further outlet vents for the engine feature on top of the front wings.

    There are five exterior colour choices offered on the Civic Type-R, including the Championship White colour seen here and shared with other Type-R models.

    The sporty interior features sports seats trimmed in a suede-effect fabric, a gearknob machined from an aluminium alloy, black headlining and black trim with red double stitching.

    Though entry-level models will be priced at £29,995, higher-specification GT versions - which get a suite of safety technology as well as automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and Honda's Connect infotainment system - are priced at £32,295.

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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    Very impressive sale figures but are these owners going to wait that long before they changed their minds? I just hope Honda does have endless TSB and faults with this new car, that 800 waiting list will vanish into thin air.
  3. FirstHonda Moderator Staff Team

    United Kingdom Ed Wiltshire
    I have a friend who used to own a Type-R Civic, and was seriously interested in the new one. He used to have a 2.4 Accord too, and has an NSX so loves his Hondas.

    The dealer lost the sale as he wanted something now and they couldn't guarantee a delivery date at all.

    To be fair, better they did that than promise and fail, but with such a critical launch you'd have thought they could be specific even if it was (say) three months.

    He bought an Audi instead...:Ermm: