Chequebooks at the ready, Internet, for Honda has announced the new Civic Type R will start at ?30,995 when it lands in July. That?s just ?795 more than the outgoing Type R. PCP it, and Honda says you?re looking at around ?299/month on a three-year deal.
The Type R GT will start at ?32,995 (?495 more than the old Civic GT) and gets navigation, an upgraded stereo, dual-zone climate control, and blind-spot monitoring among others.
All new Type Rs get the six-speed manual with rev-matching, a 316bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, multi-link rear-suspension and adaptive dampers that make it theoretically capable of that record-breaking, 7:43:8 ?Ring time. If you want to remind yourself what that looks like, click on these words.
What of the competition? The Ford Focus RS starts at ?32,265, and a five-door VW Golf R is ?32,695 ? more than the Civic, but admittedly both come with all-wheel drive. A front-wheel drive, five-door Seat Leon Cupra (a previous FWD ?Ring record-holder) is ?30,455, and the rear-drive BMW M140i is ?33,180.
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