...THE number of Honda Civic Type Rs that are going to land on Australian shores.
Local Honda fans have shed more tears in recent years than a VTEC engine spins revs, and they are likely to keep flowing.
The wild Civic Type R is officially off the radar for Australia due to timing issues, with the nextgeneration Civic sedan and hatch due to switch to a new generation mid-to-late next year.
Honda won’t be able to secure the Type R until halfway through 2016, at which point it will be a previous-gen model sitting in showrooms beside shiny new models.
We’d argue those buying the lairy 228kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo tearaway won’t notice the old timers signing up for 1.8-litre base models, but the call has been made.
The big-winged hatch posted a Nurburgring time of 7:50.63, briefly winning the prize as the fastest front-driver around the famed circuit, though given the record-setting car had a roll cage, its legality was somewhat questionable.
On the upside, the current Type R is expected to have a short lifecycle – the nextgen hot-hatch has been spied testing and Honda Australia says it hopes to have that car here by 2017.
Then we may finally be able to dry our eyes.