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A UK Honda Civic Type R EP3 with 42,981 miles and last owner for 11 years.
Dual SRS airbags, ISOFIX child restraint system, side impact beams, front and rear crumple zones, immobiliser, Honda Superlocks, remote central locking, body styling kit, sports grill, rear spoiler, electric windows, electric door mirrors, alloy gear shift knob, Type-R racing style front seats (Alcantara trimmed), leather covered steering wheel with red ‘R’ stitching, high security CD tuner stereo, micro antenna. Factory Options; Air conditioning, adjustable rear head restraints. Dealer accessories; Tailored Type R embossed floor mats.
This tremendous flagship Honda Civic Type R is finished in Cosmic Grey Pearl, (Colour Code NH674P). A deep gloss shine to the pin straight factory panels reflects the very low mileage of this pampered example. Minor markings commensurate with the usage extend to little more than light scratches and touched in frontal stone chips as well as a carefully touched in scratch to the offside rear quarter and another to the boot lid. The bumpers, spoilers and trim are fully intact and unscathed and light clusters are clear with none of the common plastic fatigue. This unmolested Type R looks superb and is a fantastic useable example of this modern classic white-hot hatchback.
An unspoilt and super clean interior is sure to delight the next owner of this example. The brilliant body-hugging Type-R racing style front seats with Alcantara trim throughout, are in fantastic order with firm wear free bolsters and virtually none of the common bobbling to the Alcantara fabric. Huge wings to the front seats, red seat panel inserts and Type R embossment are an unsubtle reminder that this really is no ordinary Civic! The carpets have been protected from new by genuine Type R embossed floor mats and the matching door cards are in excellent order. There are some light marks to the aluminium door pulls and alloy gear shift knob. The aluminium effect fascia is unmarked and the leather steering wheel with bright red stitching is in superb order. The immaculate boot area houses an unused space saver spare wheel along with the full toolkit and warning triangle neatly stowed. The small plaque on the centre console informs you that the car is build number R-34050 and this example has thankfully avoided the modifier brigade.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Little introduction is needed for the engineering wonderment that is Honda’s legendary naturally aspirated engines and their phenomenal capabilities, and the chain driven K20A2 i-VTEC in this EP3 Civic remains in factory standard form. From just a 2.0 litre powerplant, Honda engineers have developed an incredible 197bhp with the VTEC system engaging at 5900rpm and increasing thrust up to an awesome 8050rpm! A top speed of 146mph along with 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds is enough to embarrass many a performance car with much larger capacity engines. The engine bay is clean and exactly as Honda intended with all factory stickers and plates intact even to the underside of the bonnet. The slick 6-speed manual short-throw gearbox allows rapid slingshot gear changes.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Unique 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels are in superb order having been refurbished and wear matching branded Avon 205/45 ZR17 tyres to all four corners showing ample tread. Correct large silver grey callipers are clearly visible through the spokes and hint towards the impressive stopping power with advanced features such as ABS and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
The design of Honda Type R models is primarily based on racing with emphasis placed on minimising weight and maximising performance potential. The red ‘R’ and red Honda badge is a nod towards the racetrack heritage and a tribute to Honda’s first winning F1 car. Manufactured in Swindon, England and build number R-34050, the car was first registered on 29th June 2005. Supplied as a UK car by Honda Main Dealer, Arnold Clark of Manchester, this example has covered just 42,981 miles from new in the hands of dedicated enthusiasts appreciating the car in its standard form. The previous keeper has owned the car for the last 11 years whereby strict garage storage and dry leisure usage has been key to the prime condition.
The original service book contains seven stamped entries with the most recent service carried out in June 2020 using genuine Honda parts. All handbooks, manuals and dealership point of sale literature is included in the leather document wallet and there are two Honda keys with remote fobs. A further history folder contains corresponding service invoices and MOT certificates dating back to the first in 2008 to further verify the genuine low mileage. Completing the history file is an original Honda Type R range brochure. Gaining almost immediate cult status when launched and a ‘must drive’ car for the avid petrolhead, this unspoilt example will not disappoint and is becoming harder to find.
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