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200bhp for £15,995

Wed, 04 Jul 2001
From October, the new 200bhp British Built Honda Civic Type R goes on sale at just £15,995.

The rev-happy 2.0 litre DOHC engine develops a mighty 200 PS at 7400 rpm, developing 100 horsepower per litre without a turbocharger on ordinary 95Ron Premium Unleaded petrol.

With power transmitted through a 6-speed close-ratio manual gearbox, the Civic Type-R gets to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds and has a top speed
of 146 mph. To distinguish it from other British built three-door Civics it will have 17in wheels, front and rear spoilers which reduce both lift and drag, mesh-type front grille and reduced ride height.

Interior treatment includes competition-style seats, white instrument faces, alloy gear knob, leather steering wheel with red stitching and metallic colour trim for the centre console and door inserts. Alcantara© trim is applied to seat and door inserts.

As with the Integra and Accord Type-R models, the Civic Type-R has a much strengthened bodyshell. Bracing struts front and rear ensure a stable platform which complements the tuned suspension. Large ventilated disc brakes with ABS anti lock and EBD ensure stopping ability and fade-free performance, while ultra low profile 205/45R17 tyres aid handling and grip.

A no frills approach has been taken to equipment, yet the Type-R does have remote central locking, electric windows and CD radio tuner. A Thatcham Category 1 alarm is also standard.

Honda is already seeking motorsport homologation in time for the 2002 season. A prototype Civic Type-R has already been prepared to FIA Group N specification and its development is being entrusted to former BTCC champion and ex-Formula 1 and official Honda Supertouring driver, Gabriele Tarquini.

The Civic Type R will be the first British built Honda to be sold in Japan.

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