The model, which has been revised following on from the standard Civic at the start of this year, benefits from light design tweaks and an interior featuring a new Alcantara steering wheel, revised gear shifter and new physical buttons for the infotainment system.
Its 316bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine also remains the same as before – allowing the Civic to sprint to 60mph in 5.7 seconds – but Honda has introduced a number of changes to enhance the way the Type R drives.
Revisions include an updated air intake system, improved cooling, new brake discs, along with a more pliant suspension setup to allow for a more supple ride.
The standard Civic Type R is available from £32,820 (or £339 per month on finance), and an additional £2,000 can be spent for the GT version – adding dual-zone climate control, LED front fog lights and wireless phone charging.
For the same price as the GT, you can get the new subtler ‘Sport Line’ version, which comes with smaller 19-inch alloy wheels with larger profile tyres, a black interior (rather than red on the regular car) and a smaller rear spoiler.
At the top of the range is a new Limited Edition version, of which just 20 will come to the UK, and have already been sold out. Priced from £39,995, the model has a focus on weight saving – and is 47kg lighter than the regular car – while it also comes painted in a bright Sunlight Yellow.
Rebecca Stead, head of automobile at Honda UK, said: “As with the previous generation, we are fully expecting a huge demand for the Civic Type R. The expanded family now caters to a wider demographic of enthusiasts and customer deliveries are expected to start from the end of September. We have already had supremely strong interest off the back of the unveil in February – and this is before the media and our customers have even taken a test drive.”