Type R model expected in Derby by early spring.
THE hotly-anticipated Honda Civic Type R will go on sale in March and everything points to it being well worth the wait.
Honda promises that it will be just as exhilarating to drive as the outgoing Type R while being a more refined super hatchback, with improved comfort levels.
Integrated styling and handling tuned for enhanced responsiveness and predictability are among its other strengths.
The model will be powered by the naturally-aspirated, high-revving 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine that powers the current Type R, but the unit has been significantly reworked to improve responsiveness using a new balancer shaft and drive-by-wire throttle control.
Maximum power is now 201PS, reached at 8.000rpm (previously 200PS at 7.400rpm) and Honda reports the car is more responsive generally, while improved aerodynamics ensure it cuts through the air more cleanly. Slightly lower gearing compensates for a small increase in kerb weight.
Acceleration figures are expected to be virtually identical to the 6.6 second 0-62mph time of the outgoing car – and the new car should match its top speed too,...