Honda Australia has introduced a limited 'Red Edition' pack for some variants in its Civic hatch range, with the cosmetic option paying homage to the soon-to-be-released Type R performance model.
Available on the VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L and VTi-LX variants, the 'Red Edition' pack costs $2498 (including fitment) and is restricted to 228 vehicles – equalling the power output of the fifth-generation Type R. This option is not available on Civic sedans.
The 'Red Edition' pack consists of black 17-inch alloy wheels, red front and rear under spoilers, red side skirts, and 'Red Edition'-branded floor mats.
Exterior paint colour options are limited to four – 'White Orchid', 'Sonic Grey' and 'Crystal Black' pearlescents, and 'Lunar Silver' metallic.
There are no changes to existing Civic hatch pricing or specification levels.
According to Honda Australia director Stephen Collins, 10th-generation Civic customers have enjoyed adding more style to their vehicles, as seen by the preceding 'Black Pack' and 'Orange Pack' that both sold out.
“Customers love the boldness of the Honda Civic sedan and hatch, and the eye-catching ‘Red Edition’ is an attention-grabbing styling statement for Civic customers looking to add some individuality to their cars,” he said.
“The 'Red Edition' is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the Honda Civic Type R.”
More than 420 orders have already been placed for the Type R, which officially goes on sale later this month priced from $50,990 before on-road costs.
Additionally, more than 6500 potential customers have registered their interest in the hot hatch, which packs a 2.0-litre 'VTEC' turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that punches out 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque.
Shipments of the six-speed manual-only Type R started arriving last month, with Honda Australia expecting more than 495 examples to land on Aussie shores before the end of the year.
Civic sales have been on the mend this year, with 10,270 units sold to the end of September, representing a 133.3 per cent improvement over the 4403 sales the Japanese model tallied during the same period in 2016.
This 2017 haul places Honda sixth in the small-car class for overall sales, trailing the Toyota Corolla (28,665), Mazda3 (25,457), Hyundai i30 (21,103), Kia Cerato (14,671) and Volkswagen Golf (13,126).
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