The decision to only develop and design the all-new Honda Civic Type R fro UK factory of Honda is a significant one for 3000 workers at the facility. Recently, Honda Europe announced a £200 million re-fit, and it would be an international hub for 2016 Honda Civic 5-door hatchback. The automaker is planning to export the British-built vehicle to Japan.
You heard it right! Takahiro Hachigo, New Chief Executive Officer at Honda said that the all-new Civic Type R will be engineered in Britain, but will be destined for Japan. Power for the Type R comes from a petrol 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that’s good for 306 horsepower. The vehicle is unrivalled against other models in terms of engine response, torque and raw power. It accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 5.7 seconds with the top speed of 167mph.
While power figures are impressive, the 2016 Honda Civic Type R gets a steering-column mounted button that offers the vehicle a dual character. The front suspension has been modified for cutting out torque steer, and Type R is offered only with 6-speed manual transmission. Some of the exterior features include ground-hugging, large front bumper with stunning LED lights and huge air vents, powerful brakes, rear arches for enhanced aerodynamics, extended wheelarches and 20 inch alloy wheels.
The sporty interior gets gear knob machined from aluminium alloy, sports seats trimmed in a suede-effect fabric, black trim with red double stitching and black headlining. The 2016 Honda Civic Type R faces stiff competition in the form of Volkswagen Golf R, Vauxhall Astra VXR, Ford Focus ST and SEAT Leon Cupra 280. While entry-level models will be available for £29,995, the GT variants that feature dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, Honda’s Connect infotainment system and rear and front parking sensors are offered for £32,295.