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Honda Civic Type R staying 'down under'

12th August, 2010 (copyright image)

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Honda’s hot hatch, the Civic Type R, will continue in Australia despite the announcement by Honda that the Type R will be dropped in some areas of Europe at the end of 2010.

The Honda Civic Type R does not comply with Euro 5 emission regulations due for introduction in Europe, January 2011.

Launched in Australia in 2007, the Civic Type R became an instant image-leader for the Civic nameplate. Since then, approximately 1,840 have been sold.

The “Red-H” badged three-door hatchback has a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine producing 148 kW at 7,800 rpm and is paired to a six-speed close ratio manual transmission, running through to the front wheels via a limited slip differential. Completing the package, 18-inch alloy wheels ride on low profile “licorice strap” 225/40 tyres.

In keeping with the “Raw-fined” motto of the designers, the Civic Type R matches its on-street credentials with a host of luxury and safety features.

The Civic Type R is available in four distinctive colours; Championship White, Milano Red, Alabaster Silver and Crystal Black Pearlescent.

Manufacturer’s list price is $39,990 (flat paint) with metallic paint adding a further $475.


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