They say that good things come to those who wait, and it certainly has paid off. Honda Cars Philippines Inc., has announced today that another 100 units of the Civic Type R have made our shores.
Last year, we reported that many people were selling the Civic Type R at higher than MSRP prices, even reaching P4.3 million. This is an act known as “flipping”, wherein one treats a highly valuable and rare vehicle as an investment. Amazingly, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. has maintained the prices of these new Civic Type Rs, which is still pegged at P2,980,000.
New for this year is the addition of a new Polished Metal Metallic paint scheme, which should further give the Civic Type R greater appeal to those who further wish to make their Type R stand out from a sea of Rallye Red and Championship White Type Rs.
The Honda Civic Type R is a definite head turner. Up front is Honda’s signature “Solid Wing Face” which is finished in high gloss black, large air intakes, and wide wheel arches hiding some wide, 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/30 R20 low profile tires. At the side, air intakes eject air out of the front wheel arches to cool the four-piston Brembo cross-drilled 350 mm brakes. The rear is distinctive, with C-shaped LED tail lights highlighting the profile of what is a humble Civic hatchback on steroids, finished off by a spoiler that splits the tailgate. A neat party trick is its vortex generators in the rear edge of its roof. These send air directly to the rear wing, creating downforce to keep the car stable and planted to the ground for maximum grip. Its three tailpipes? It’s all functional, too. You may think it looks ricey, but everything here is functional, and is something that will surely be copied by bodyshops all over the Philippines.
Inside, it still features the standard Civic’s roomy and practical interior, but with the aggression dialed up to 11. Red adorns the interior layout and comes with an R mode selector.
Powering the Civic Type R is Honda’s Earth Dreams i-VTEC 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injected petrol engine, pumping out 306 hp and a whopping 400 Nm of torque to the front wheels, with a limited slip differential taking care of how the power is put down to the tarmac. All this power is sent through a 6-speed manual transmission, the only transmission choice available. Making easy work to novice drivers is a rev matching feature, wherein the throttle blips on its own whenever you downshift. If you know how to do a heel-and-toe, the feature can be turned off.
Having the highest distinction for performance for the Civic model line-up, the New Civic Type R proved its capabilities as it broke several track records in some of the world’s most challenging racetracks such as the Spa-Francochamps in Belgium, Silverstone in the UK, Estoril in Portugal and Nurburgring in Germany making the New Civic Type R the fastest front wheel drive production vehicle to date.
With the availability of the New Civic Type R in the Philippines, interested customers are highly encouraged to reserve now and be one of the exclusive owners of the New Civic Type R here in the Philippines.