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Honda Tries The Sporty Approach For Civic



9th July, 2007

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Honda Australia has returned the Type R badge to Australia with the launch of the Civic Type R three-door hatchback.

The Civic Type R's high-revving, naturally aspirated, 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine pumps out 148 kW and 193 Nm - enough to see it sprint to 100 km/h in some 6.6 seconds.

A six-speed manual gearbox combined with firm MacPherson-strut style front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension indicate that the Honda hatch has driving pleasure in mind. Body-hugging Alcantara bucket seats keep the driver firmly planted when cornering.

The Civic Type R rides on 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/40 R18 tyres, and stops with 300 mm front and 260 mm rear brake discs.

Fuel economy is 9.3 litres per 100 km on premium (95 RON) unleaded.

With safety being a high priority for Honda, the Civic Type R receives front, side and curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), ABS brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution and an Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. A fourth-generation rolling code, anti-theft immobiliser provides additional security for the car.

Honda hasn't forgotten comfort either, with the Type R boasting creature comforts and electronic gadgets such as automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers, auto on/off headlights, an MP3 and WMA-compatible CD player, multi-function trip computer, cruise control, front fog lights, dual-zone climate control and a leather-bound tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel.

The Civic Type R features Honda's "magic seat" system, allowing the rear seats to fold to provide a fully flat rear cargo floor. Folding the rear seats flat increases the usable boot space from 485 litres (VDA) to 1,352 litres.

The Civic Type R is available in three colours - Milano Red, Alabaster Silver and Nighthawk Black, each sharing the same black and red interior.

Honda expects to sell 100 Civic Type Rs per month at a recommended retail price beginning at $39,990. At this price, the Next Car team sees the class leading Volkswagen Golf GTI as a far more attractive proposition.

Major Features

  • 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine with 148 kW and 193 Nm
  • Tachometer (rev counter)
  • External temperature gauge (built into odometer)
  • Digital fuel consumption display
  • Multi-function driver computer
  • Cruise control
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • Drive By Wire (DBW)
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Dual curtain airbags - front and rear
  • Four channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Front disc brakes - 300 mm
  • Rear disc brakes - 260 mm
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • 4 x 3 point seatbelts
  • Child seat restraint mechanism
  • Rolling code ECU engine immobiliser
  • Remote keyless entry with central locking
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Twin chrome exhaust
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Drilled aluminium sports pedals
  • Alloy gear knob with red stitched leather boot
  • Electric power-assisted steering
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel (red stitching)
  • Leather multi-function steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Ticket/card holder
  • Type R Alcantara sports seats
  • 60:40 split folding rear seats
  • Single CD tuner with MP3 & WMA capability
  • Front & rear speakers with tweeters

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