2018 Honda Civic Type R order books open ahead of October release

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Australian order books for the 2018 Honda Civic Type R have opened today, ahead of the hot hatch’s October 1 on-sale date. Don’t expect to learn the exact price just yet, though.

Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia, said: “Our dealers have been telling us that customers are eager to put their names against a car so we’ve opened the order books early to allow them to secure their orders”.

“We understand the level of interest as the Civic Type R represents the pinnacle of performance for the Civic range and our faithful enthusiasts have been lining up.”

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Buyers will be offered the choice of five colours, Championship White (pictured) – which is the hero colour and the traditional Type R racing colour – along with Rally Red, Crystal Black, Sonic Grey and Brilliant Sporty Blue.

Crystal Black and Sonic Grey are pearlescent paints, while Brilliant Sporty Blue is metallic.

Final pricing and specifications for the Civic Type R will be confirmed closer to the model’s October launch, though the company’s local arm has indicated the hot hatch will be priced around the $50,000 mark.

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With its 235kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, the Civic Type R drives the front wheels exclusively via a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission, and will compete with flagship hot hatches like the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI, Volkswagen Golf R, along with other front-wheel drive performance hatchbacks like the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The Type R has already stamped its place in the performance stakes, recently setting the lap record for front-wheel drive production vehicles at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany – with a time of 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for updates.