TOKYO: Honda has announced that the new Civic Type R, built in Britain, will be destined for customers in Japan.
The first units to be shipped from Honda of the UK Manufacturing are due to arrive in Japanese showrooms from autumn this year.
This news, issued by Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo is a further boost for the 3,000 workers at the British plant, as it follows the recent announcement of new investment at the plant of £200 million, with the plant becoming the global production hub for the next generation Civic five-door model.
The first Civic Type R rolled off the production line only last week and speaking at the start of mass production, the plant's managing director, Soichiro Takizawa said, “The new Civic Type R is a significant model for Honda, representing our racing spirit and demonstrating our commitment to innovation and passion.
Honda revealed the Type R ahead in March last year.
Billed as a "race car for the road", the car gets a new 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine.
Peak power output is 310ps at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400Nm at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Type R model.
Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration.
The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100kph sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270kph.