The new Honda Civic Type R will cost from £30,995 and UK deliveries of the new hot hatch will begin in July 2017. Honda has also achieved a sub-£300 per month PCP cost for the entry-level model, with three-year, 5.9 percent APR finance schemes starting from £299.

The more richly equipped (and possibly best-selling) Type R GT version will cost from £32,995. It adds dual zone climate control, Honda Connect infotainment with Garmin sat nav, wireless smartphone charging, audio upgrade and LED front fog lights.

Ordering is already open and, warns Honda UK head of cars Phil Webb, “we are already experiencing strong interest… and that is before our customers have even taken a test drive”.

The UK-built car is now a global hot hatch, with exports scheduled for big-numbers regions such as the United States. This means that, even if it’s a hit, European and UK supply may still be limited. Exactly the sort of conditions that benefit retained values and help achieve low PCP payments, proven by Honda’s competitive figures.

We do also wonder, mind, whether Honda's recent smashing of the Nürburgring front-wheel drive lap record might have something to do with demand possibly exceeding supply...

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