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First look: Honda Civic gets S treatment

Honda lifts the lid on a Type S version of its three-door Civic, which may come here

11 Jul 2006

A THREE-DOOR Civic Type S model has broken cover ahead of the British International Motor Show later this month.

Due on sale in Europe from January 2007, the "hot" little Honda has the same platform and overall dimensions as the five-door hatch – and is certain to go into the mix as Australia considers importing the British-built hatchbacks.

The Type S has a bodykit, firmer suspension, 20mm wider rear track, a deep front air intake (for the standard 1.8-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel engines) and 17-inch alloy wheels.

It also forms the basis of the Type R, which goes on sale in the UK next March.

According to Honda, the R’s key characteristics will be aggressive styling, responsive steering, intuitive handling and greater refinement. Engine? Count on a 147kW 2.0-litre four.

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