The first Honda Civic Type-R models have rolled off the assembly line at Honda’s European manufacturing facility in Swindon, United Kingdom.
Appropriately, the first three models to arrive are painted in red, white, and blue – the colours of the UK flag where Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) operates. In March, it was announced that HUM will be the global production hub for the next-generation Honda Civic with production of the European-market CR-V transferring there from Canada as well. £200 million has been further invested into the plant to allow this, bringing total invest up to £2.2 billion since 1985.
Soichiro Takizawa, Managing Director at HUM, thanked the staff for their hard work and commented: “The new Civic Type R is an imperative model for Honda, representing our racing spirit and demonstrating our commitment to innovation and passion. We are extremely proud to be the only manufacturer of the Civic Type R in the world. Our high standards have earned us this privilege and this is testament to the continued commitment of our Associates.”
The all-new Honda Civic Type R is the company’s most extreme hot hatch to date. Powered by a new 2.0-litre VTEC turbocharged engine developing 305hp and 400Nm of torque, the ‘Race car for the road’ features an advanced suspension system and a new +R track mode, with a top speed of 269 km/h.