UK-built Honda Civic Type R to be exported to Japan

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 8, 2015

Honda’s new Civic Type R, which is assembled in Britain, will be heading to the Japanese market, according to Honda Motor Company CEO Takahiro Hachigo who made the announcement during his inaugural speech. Showrooms in Japan will start to receive the first units sometime autumn of this year. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), which has 3,000 associates working in it, will surely benefit from this move.

It was recently reported that the UK-based plant will be getting a new investment of £200 million as it will be turned into the next-generation Civic five-door model’s production hub for its international markets. Philip Ross, Senior Vice President for Honda Motor Europe, expressed his delight for the European Civic Type R being made available to Japan, the brand’s home country.

He said that orders in Europe have been growing and by exporting to Japan, he believes that the demand will go up even more. Just last week, production started at HUM for the first Civic Type R. HUM’s Managing Director, Mr Takizawa, attended this momentous occasion, where he described the new Civic Type R as a “significant model for Honda,” reflecting its racing spirit and proving how committed it is to “innovation and passion.”

He also said that HUM is “extremely proud” to be the lone producer of the Civic Type R in the globe. He emphasized that it is because of this plant’s high standards that it was chosen for this privilege. The new Type R model is powered by an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which offers power, torque and performance figures that no other model in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment can compete with.

It has a peak power output of 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and boasts a peak torque of 400 Nm at 2,500 rpm. These are both superior to any existing or older Honda Type R model. The engine is part of the brand’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series.

This engine redlines at 7,000 rpm and is equipped with a sophisticated turbocharging system that combines Honda’s Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) technology to increase low-end torque while making sustained acceleration possible.

The performance of the new Civic Type R is the best among all front-wheel drive hot hatch models. It is capable of accelerating from zero to 62 mph in only 5.7 seconds and has a class-leading top speed of 167 mph.

Nevertheless, the Civic Type R has an impressive CO2 emissions figure of only 170 g/km and a high speed fuel consumption. In addition, it complies with Euro 6 emissions standards.

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