The Honda Civic Type R has arrived in Australia for the opening round of the 2017 Formula One Championship at Albert Park in Melbourne.

THE ALL-NEW HONDA CIVIC Type R has touched down in Australia only weeks after being revealed to the world at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. But don’t get your hopes up just yet… it’s here for a promotional visit only as part of the opening round of the Formula One Championships this weekend.

To that end, McLaren-Honda Formula 1 driver, Stoffel Vandoorne (pictured), has become the first person on Australian soil to get behind the wheel of the all-new Honda Civic Type R.

“It’s a superb looking car and faithful to the ethos of what makes the Type R great — a superb engine, excellent dynamics and Honda’s proven quality and reliability,” Vandoorne said. “As a high-performance hatch showcasing Honda’s technological expertise, it’s also perfectly at home in the world of Formula 1.”

At an event in Melbourne earlier today, Honda also had the Civic sedan and soon-to-go-on-sale Civic RS hatch (in May) on show.

Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins, said having the Civic trio lined up for the first time, signaled to buyers that there were distinct models to suit the diverse Honda Civic customer base.

“We now have a defined Civic family look that unites all three models,” he said. “The sedan and hatch are bold and distinguished while the Type R justifiably represents the pinnacle of performance in the Honda Civic line-up.”

The Honda Civic Type R will go on-sale later this year; pricing hasn’t been released.


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