The latest Honda Civic Type R was revealed less than two years ago at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – but production has now ended, ready for its successor to hit showrooms later this year.
Around 2,500 Type R fans have been lucky enough to buy the short-lived (and much-loved) hot hatch so far, and enthusiasts are being given one last opportunity to buy the outgoing model.
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Honda has given the last 100 Civic Type Rs to roll off its Swindon production line the Black Edition treatment. These special models feature a black interior with splashes of red, while red rear wing plates on the spoiler set it apart from the standard model on the outside.
“There are only going to be 2,500 of the current Civic Type Rs on UK roads,” said Honda UK’s head of cars, Phil Webb. “The car is going to be pretty special as it is – but with the addition of this special limited run of 100 Black Editions to the product line-up, owners will have a real collector’s piece on their hands.”
The near-production-ready Civic Type R concept was a surprise appearance at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Based on the new Civic hatch, the Type R concept featured a carbon fibre splitter, bling 20-inch alloys and triple-exit exhaust system.
Technical details are yet to be confirmed, but rumours suggest it’ll be powered by the same four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo as its predecessor – with power turned up to as much as 340hp (compared to the 310hp currently on offer).
That power increase could necessitate a four-wheel-drive drivetrain (something the Hondahas resisted thus far), which in turn could make it an even more serious competitor to its arch-nemesis: the Ford Focus RS.
The Honda Civic Type R Black Edition models are on their way to dealers now, with prices set at the same £32,300 as the standard model.