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JIMS 2008 The New Honda Civic Type R

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JIMS 2008 The New Honda Civic Type R

Sophistication meets excitement First Civic Type R to be launched in SA Arresting styling sets Type R apart from the hot hatch crowd Introduces new levels of sophistication and tractability Exceptional quality and comprehensive safety Full house of luxury and convenience features New Championship White colour introduced The Honda Civic Type R is arguably one […]

Honda Type R Lights Side ViewSophistication meets excitement

  • First Civic Type R to be launched in SA
  • Arresting styling sets Type R apart from the hot hatch crowd
  • Introduces new levels of sophistication and tractability
  • Exceptional quality and comprehensive safety
  • Full house of luxury and convenience features
  • New Championship White colour introduced

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic Type R is arguably one of the most admired performance hatchbacks in South Africa.

Developed by Honda engineers in Japan and Europe, and manufactured at Honda’s state-of-the-art vehicle plant in Swindon, UK, the all-new Type R combines advanced technology, robust build quality, arresting styling and exceptional interior comfort to deliver an exhilarating motoring experience.

Honda Civic Type R

As before, a high-revving i-VTEC 2,0-litre powerplant is at the core of the Type R’s performance package, but the cutting-edge four-cylinder engine has been thoroughly reworked to deliver substantial midrange urge and a wider torque band to boost tractability and drivability.

The gains in midrange power have been achieved without hampering the engine’s free-revving nature, which sees it deliver a maximum output of 148 kW at a dizzying 7 800 r/min. The engine’s intelligent management system switches to high-power VTEC mode at 5 400 r/min, while the rev limiter is set to 8 400 r/min.

Honda Civic Type R Back Light

Drive to the front wheels is via quick-action, close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, allowing the driver to make the most of the urge on offer in all driving conditions. The Civic Type R accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6,6 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 235 km/h.

The engine is only one of the stars of the new Civic type R package. While the eye-catching Civic hatchback body forms the basis for the Type R, its three-door iteration ensures even stronger visual appeal.

In addition, a new front grille, lower stance, and an integrated body kit with large rear wing leave no doubts as to the Type R’s athletic demeanour. Large, 18-inch wheels and low-profile tyres complete the performance package.

Honda Civic Type R Mags

Under the skin, these visual distinctions are underscored by a substantially reworked suspension that features uprated springs and dampers, together with thicker anti-roll bars, reinforced suspension turrets and stronger front chassis members for impressive overall stiffness and rigidity.

The Civic Type R matches its head-turning exterior to a comprehensively equipped cabin offering unusual space and versatility linked to tactile-quality materials and a cosseting comfort. Highlights include sculpted bucket seats, an aluminium gearknob, alloy pedals and a thick-rimmed steering wheel.

Honda Type R

The comprehensive list of standard features ranges from electrically operated windows and exterior mirrors and selective remote central locking to a high-end CD receiver with MP3/WMA compatibility, dual-zone climate control, and satellite controls for the sound system, cruise control and the trip computer on the steering wheel.

Honda Type R Lights Off

Honda Type R Lights On

As one would expect of a sophisticated performance hatchback, both active and passive safety levels are comprehensively addressed. These include front, side and curtain airbags, a reinforced passenger safety cell, inertia reel seatbelts and head restraints front and rear.

Honda Civic Type R Grill

In addition, ABS anti-lock control for the all-disc braking system, and VSA stability control are standard fare.

The Honda Civic Type R was originally available in only two colours – Nighthawk Black and Milano Red – reflecting its exclusive positioning at the top of the Honda Civic range. A third colour – Championship White – now makes its debut alongside the two original hues, adding fresh visual appeal to the hatchback.

The new colour commemorates Honda’s long and distinguished history in motorsport.

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Published : Thursday October 30, 2008

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