Order books for the 2023 Honda Civic Type R will open on December 1st with first arrivals of the hot hatch expected in February next year.
Honda Australia says that the ordering process has been brought forward after what it says is considerable customer enquiry for the new model, which retails at $72,600 – the most expensive Civic ever sold here – through the Honda agency network.
“Since the world premiere of the all-new Civic Type R in July, more than 4000 enthusiasts and prospective customers have registered their details via the Honda website,” said Honda Australia Director, Carolyn McMahon.
“We understand the level of interest as the Civic Type R represents the pinnacle of performance for Honda, so to support our network partners and customers, we’ve opened the order books early to allow official orders to be placed via our customer experience portal.”
The news means that Tony D’Alberto wannabes only need to choose the colour they’d like their sixth-generation Civic Type R to be finished in as it’s built at Honda’s Yorii manufacturing plant in Japan.
The Volkswagen Golf R rival aims to appeal to performance enthusiast with its typically sharp dynamics, but also a traditional six-speed manual gearbox and three pedals – like the Hyundai i30 N and Renault Megane RS.
The 2023 Civic Type R is based upon the new generation FL5 Civic and remains front-wheel drive. It sees a US-built 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder K20C1 engine producing a VW Golf R-equalling 235kW – up from 227kW – but with 420Nm, has a 20Nm advantage over both its German rival and the previous FK8 Civic Type R.
Honda Australia had modest sales expectations for its FL5 Civic, released in December 2021, as the only passenger car in its range other than the Accord. A sharpened three-model line-up made up of the Civic VTi LX, the hybrid Civic e:HEV LX and the halo Type R is expected to add more than 900 sales this year to the car maker’s local target of 20,000 units brand-wide.