Customers eager to get behind the wheel of the new Honda Civic Type R when it goes on sale in the UK next year can now secure their place in the queue with a £3,000 deposit.

The new Civic Type R will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine producing more than 280PS.

Although the use of a turbocharged power-plant is something of a radical change for the Type R, Honda has confirmed that the new engine will have a 7,000rpm red line, thereby preserving some of the Type R’s high-revving character.

The new Type R will be fitted with a +R button on the steering wheel that sharpens the throttle and steering response, alters the settings of the Adaptive Damper System, and engages a more aggressive torque map for the engine.

Also confirmed is the new Type R’s use of a six-speed manual transmission, rather than a double-clutch unit.  Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D explains: “The manual transmission allows the driver to select their chosen gear, for example, down from fifth to third when approaching a corner. The concept of the new Civic Type R is to be the complete driver’s car so this was the best option.”

The new Civic Type R will be built at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK, and will arrive in dealerships during 2015.

Honda also announced that it has received over 100 pre-orders for the new Honda NSX and has since closed the pre-order book.  Still no official word on when it arrive, however.