Stephen Collins, the brand’s Australian director, says locally-bound cars will be equipped with all available overseas options to make the model as comprehensive as possible.
“We’re going to bring it in, like we do with most of our vehicles, pretty stacked with everything that’s available so I wouldn’t imagine we’ll leave anything major sitting on the shelf,” he says.
“I think we’re going to take a similar approach to NSX, we’re going to bring in the best version, I always call it the hamburger with the lot, and I think on that type of car that’s what we’re going to deliver.”
Honda has already established a pattern of offering the highest available specification on its performance halo models with the recently launched NSX supercar.
In the case of the NSX that means a $420,000 starting price, compared with the US$156,000 ($209,400) asking price in the United States, though Australian buyers are treated to carbon ceramic brakes, powered seats, and a rear carbon spoiler, amongst other standard features which all fall onto the extra-cost options list in the US.
In the case of the Civic Type R, Honda will also aim for a single fully-loaded model, likely to arrive with any of the Type R’s European options fitted as standard for the Australian market.
When asked if the Civic Type R was still slated to arrive with a price point starting under $50,000 Collins says “Look it’s still early, I think certainly my desire would be for that… we’ll certainly make it competitive, but you’ll have to wait and see”.
Official power and torque figures for the new car are also yet to be revealed, but Australian customers have been promised outputs that match the European specification with no so-called hot-climate reductions planned.
“We would expect it be the same, we don’t know anything different at this stage,” Honda Australia’s general manager of communications, Scott McGregor says. “Given where it’s coming from – it’s coming out of Europe – there’s be no reason for it to be different.”
In its current form the Europe-only Civic Type R generates 228kW and 400Nm, putting it above the outputs of the Volkswagen Golf R but behind the Ford Focus RS, though both of those vehicles feature all wheel drive to the Civic‘s front wheel drive set-up. Honda is yet to confirm what, if any power boost is expected in the new model.
Honda hasn’t yet announced an arrival date for the Civic Type R, short of offering a third quarter of 2017 window, with an online pre-launch and registration campaign scheduled to begin ahead of the Type R’s official arrival.