Honda’s new Civic Type R is set to make its grand entrance to the UK in style by running up the hillclimb route at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the beginning of July. 

Touring car drivers Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal, who have six BTCC titles between them, will demonstrate the new hot hatch up the hill in front of what will no doubt be sellout crowds. 

Honda Civic Type R will debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Honda has teased a ‘very special guest driver’ in the Type R on the Saturday of the festival, which could turn out to be Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso, fresh out of (race) retirement.

The new UK-built Civic Type R will go on sale shortly priced from £30,995 or £299/month on PCP, powered by the Japanese company’s 2.0-litre VTEC turbo engine that produces 320hp and 295lb-ft.

Come back later this week to read our review from the international launch of the new car. 

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Gallery: Civic Type R to make UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed