The last hurrah for the current-gen Civic Type R in United Kingdom will be limited to only 100 units.
The current-gen Honda Civic Type R went on sale in U.K. in the summer of 2015 and had a starting price of £29,995. Fast forward to present day, Honda is ready to retire the high-performance compact hatchback with a Black Edition available from £32,300. You’d better hurry up to get one as only 100 units are available and all of them have already been built. As a matter of fact, Honda mentions production of the Civic Type R at the factory in Swindon has reached the end of the (assembly) line.
There aren’t many extra features to set the Black Edition apart from the regular model, but the limited-run variant does get red rear wing end plates on the spoiler along with a predominantly black cabin with red accents. Based on the GT trim, the last iteration of the current Civic Type R is expected to “sell out quickly” and become a “true collector’s item,” according to Honda.
Out with the old, in with the new, as Honda is now gearing up to kick off production of the all-new Civic in European guise. The model is slated to go on sale in U.K. in March and will be followed in the second half of the year by the hot-flavored Type R. The latter has already been previewed by a near-production prototype, and we know for sure it will be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission channeling power to the front axle.
Since we've mentioned power, our money is on an upgraded turbocharged 2.0-liter engine delivering more than the 310 hp and 400 Nm available in the outgoing model. Speaking of the soon-to-be-retired Civic Type R, Honda says a total of 2,500 units will be on U.K. roads, including these last 100 cars.
Seeing as how the next-gen Type R will go on sale in the second half of 2017, chances are Honda will unveil the hot hatch in full production guise as early as March at the Geneva Motor Show.
Honda Civic Type R Black Edition
HONDA LAUNCHES CIVIC TYPE R BLACK EDITION TO COMMEMORATE LAST 100
- Black Edition to feature different interior and exterior red flashes on spoiler
- Production of current Civic Type R now finished
- Only 2,500 current Civic Type R to be on UK roads
Honda has today unveiled a Black Edition of the Civic Type R. Commemorating the last of the current Civic Type R to come off the production line, this version is limited to the last 100 cars to come off the production line and Honda is expecting the version to become a true collector’s item.
Already on their way to dealers across the country, the Civic Type R Black Edition features a predominantly black interior with red accents which add to the premium cabin feel, whilst the exterior is differentiated from the standard version by red rear wing end plates on the spoiler.
With production of the current Civic Type R at Honda’s factory in Swindon now finished, the factory is gearing up for the next generation Civic, which goes on sale in March, and the new Civic Type R version, which is expected to hit retail forecourts in the latter half of this year.
With pricing based on the existing GT model at £32,300 OTR, Honda is expecting the Civic Type R Black Edition to sell out quickly.
Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the British built Honda Civic Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built. The direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine delivers outstanding power, torque and performance figures for the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Civic Type R model.
Phil Webb, head of cars at Honda UK, commented: “There are only going to be 2,500 of the current Civic Type Rs on UK roads, so 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 and owners will have a real collectors piece on their hands.”