HONDA Australia has announced a reduction in waiting times for customers who have ordered the Civic Type R.
Honda said this week that it was “constantly monitoring the situation surrounding extended wait times” and that it was “seeking opportunities to minimize the impact on Civic Type R customers”.
The importer has now secured an additional 500 Civic Type Rs for delivery in Australia which it claims, “will be available to customers in 2023”. Honda Australia says the expected arrival times for those customers have been reduced by up to nine months, with “latest orders now scheduled for February 2024”.
According to the report of GoAuto this early year, waiting time for Japanese hot hatch is almost 24 monthswith over 1000 orders in Australia alone.
The delay stemmed from an overwhelming number of orders for the fastest front-wheel drive Honda ever produced – particularly in the United States, Europe and Japan – which forced the model to be discontinued in June. January.
Now, with production catching up to demand, wait times are starting to return to normal.
“I am pleased that we have been able to allocate an additional number of the all-new Civic Type R to the Australian market and that our loyal customers will benefit from the fact that our vehicles will continue to be available for purchase,” said the director of Honda Australia. they will appear in a reasonable time frame. Carolyn MacMahon.
Ms. McMahon said Honda Centers nationwide have started contacting customers to update specific delivery dates.
She said that in the event of a future launch of all models, Honda Australia will always work to ensure there is enough stock to meet customer needs, but notes that production times are vulnerable. by “worldwide problems in the (chain) supply, including the global supply chain. lack of semiconductor components”.
The Honda Civic Type R starts at $72,600 for nationwide driving and offers 235kW at 6500rpm and 420Nm from 2600-4000rpm making it the most powerful but also the most expensive car.
Honda’s hot hatch predecessor is priced at $54,990 before shipping costs, putting it within reach of rivals including the Hyundai i30 N (from $46,200 + ORC), Mini JCW (from $60,380 + ORC), Renault Megane RS Trophy (from $62,300 + ORC), Subaru WRX tS (from $56,990 +ORC), Toyota GR Corolla (from $62,300 +ORC) and Volkswagen Golf R (from $65,990 +ORC).
It’s now more closely priced to compete with four-wheel drive performance models from German premium brands, including the Audi S3 (from $70,800 + ORC) and the BMW M135i xDrive Pure (from $67,900+) ORC).
According to Honda, front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission promise a more responsive and “more enjoyable” driving experience than before, the K20C1 engine boasts a redesigned turbocharger and system. more efficient exhaust to deliver 7kW and 20Nm improvements over the previous model.
Honda says it has re-tuned the Civic Type R’s dual-axle front and multi-link rear strut suspension to improve on-road stability and handling. While the front two-piece rotor reduces springless mass and improves braking performance.
The Type R rides on 19-inch matte black alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires measuring 265/30.
In terms of equipment, the Honda Civic Type R 2023 in Australia will offer individual driving modes, active exhaust valves, a 10.2-inch digital driver display, a 9.0-inch infotainment array with Apple. Wireless CarPlay, wireless phone charger, Honda LogR telemetry system, seat navigation, folding door mirrors, lights around the doors and footrests.
The Civic Type R shares many safety features with the Civic VTi LX, including a full complement of airbags, blind spot information system, rear cross-traffic alert, speed limiter, and attention monitor. riders, etc.
Inside, the cockpit includes the Civic Type R’s iconic red seats, carpeting and trim, a redesigned aluminum gear lever, and a numbered Type R license plate affixed to the dashboard.
Locally, the Civic Type R is offered in four paint colors including Championship White, Rally Red, Crystal Black and Sonic Gray.