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Honda Civic Type R 2021: Limited Edition arrival celebrated with special TCR livery


The Civic Type R is already one of the best track day weapons you can buy right out of the box, so the arrival of the Limited Edition required some fitting celebration.

Honda Australia has celebrated the local arrival of the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition by decorating one of its TCR racing cars in a dedicated livery as tribute. 

The ordinarily Racing Blue wrapped Civic driven by Tony D’Alberto now wears a matching Sunlight Yellow livery, with touches such as the red lip added to the splitter to match the road car.

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2021 front pair TCR parked
Honda has celebrated the arrival of the Civic Type R Limited Edition with a dedicated livery for its TCR race car

Fans will be able to see the newly decorated race car when it hits the track in August at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland in the fifth round of the Australian touring car series.

Just 20 units of the special edition road car will be coming to Australia out of a total of 1,020 produced globally, with a local driveaway price of $70,000 – with three models delivered to their owners so far.

While it may not pack the spec sheet of the dedicated racing car, the Civic Type R Limited Edition steps up its performance with some subtle improvements and weight-waving modifications.

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2021 side
The Civic Type R Limited Edition gains lighter BBS wheels that cut off 10kg of weight

The most significant change is the fitment of 20-inch forged BBS alloy wheels wrapped in some Nürburgring-ready Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

The wheels add up to a 10 kilogram saving of unsprung weight.  To counteract this change Honda engineers fitted modified the dampers and recalibrated the steering to keep the hot hatch sharp on track.

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2021 rear
Only 20 units of the Limited Edition are coming to Australia

Despite the price bump, Honda clearly had no trouble finding buyers and even decided to hold a lottery to fairly select buyers after it said back in November 2020 that over 700 customers were looking to get their hands on one.

With all the cars now allocated the regular Civic Type R remains available for $54,990 (before on-road costs), which recently underwent a series of incremental upgrades for 2021.

With the arrival of the 11th generation Civic slated for later this year, it could be the last special edition we see for the popular front-driver, with no news yet on a new Type R variant.