► Limited to final 100 production cars
► Black interior with red details
► New Civic Type R launches later in 2017
Production of the current Honda Civic Type R has now wrapped up at Honda’s Swindon factory.
To mark the occasion, Honda has made the final 100 cars off the line as ‘Black Edition’ models, with identical black interiors and red details.
What marks out a Honda Civic Type R Black Edition?
The final 100 cars get a black and red interior colour scheme, with exterior paint in any colour you want as long as it's black, and red endplates on the rear spoiler.
A cosmetics-only job, there are no mechanical upgrades - with 306bhp on tap, the Type R doesn’t particularly need any.
Each Honda Civic Type R Black Edition will cost £32,300, the same price as the range-topping Civic Type R GT, and with a little potential rarity value to boost its residual values further down the line.
Read CAR's long-term Honda Civic Type R GT review here
But the Civic Type R was only launched in 2015!
It’s been a relatively short shelf life for the outgoing Type R, as it arrived late in the now-obsolete ninth-generation Civic’s life cycle. That was partly the result of a protracted development programme to ensnare the front-wheel-drive production car lap record at Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, which the Type R duly managed with a 7m50.6s lap (although it has since been eclipsed by VW’s Golf GTI Clubsport S).
Once all of the 100 Black Edition cars have been sold, the outgoing Civic Type R will be a relatively rare car in the UK, with only 2,500 examples in total.
The tenth-generation Honda Civic production car goes on sale in March 2017, and the Type R version will follow before the end of the year.
CAR has driven the next Honda Civic - read our first impressions here