Last week, the lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs, Ricky Wilson, took ownership of the all-new Honda Civic Type R.
He first fell in love with the British-built Civic Type R when he put it through its paces on the world-famous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in June. He is now the proud owner of a Brilliant Sporty Blue model complete with the all-new +R mode button, increasing the responsiveness of the chassis and engine.
Talking for the first time since picking up his new ride, Ricky said: “What an amazing feeling. This is the first time I’ve ever had a new car and it’s also the first time I’ve had a car that’s a boy. My other two cars were girls!
“I got in the car and instinctively I knew where everything was, I feel at home in it already… and I’ll get home even quicker!”
The impressive Honda Civic Type R is powered by an all-new 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, putting 310HP through the front wheels at 6,500rpm and 400NM of torque at 2,500rmp – both Honda Type R highs.
The engine is part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series and it powers the Civic Type R to a top speed of 167mph with a 0-62mph time of just 5.7 seconds, making it the most powerful and aggressive car to ever sport the famous red ‘H’ badge.
Managing Director of Honda UK, Phillip Crossman, commented: We are quite sure that Ricky is going to have a lot of fun in his new Civic Type R. In fact, we even predict he could have a riot. However, in all seriousness, this brand partnership between one of the UK’s leading rock stars and one of the UK’s fastest cars is a match made in heaven and we look forward to working with Ricky as time goes on.”
Whilst collecting his new Civic Type R, Ricky was treated to a tour of the Swindon manufacturing plant, to see just how his car was born. He commented: “It was like a movie – I could hear the Terminator theme music in my head as I walked around. The technology and the scale of the operation is out of this world.”
The Honda Civic Type is available now from £29,995 OTR or £227 per month. To find out more, visit our Honda dealerships or contact us using the buttons above.