Honda Civic Type R Enlists With Police In Australia
The Honda Civic Type R has a flashy new job with Australias New South Wales Police Force. The hot hatch will serve with the cops Eyewatch social media initiative for getting people to engage with local law enforcement on social media. Sadly, it wont be chasing down speeders.
Honda Australia donated the Civic Type R to the NSW Police Force for 12 months. The hot hatch wears a livery just like the states cop cars on patrol and has the Eyewatch initiative logo. The Honda even has flashing lights. The law enforcement organization intends to take the vehicle to big public events and schools in hopes of attracting young people and making them more comfortable with interacting with the police.
"The eye-catching design of the vehicle will hopefully be a great conversation starter while on display and get more people, especially younger people, more comfortable with approaching their local police," New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Cassar said in the Type Rs announcement.
The current Civic Type R has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) in the United States. The only gearbox option is a six-speed manual. A three-mode adjustable suspension also comes standard. For the 2019 model year, the hot hatch gains a revised infotainment system with physical buttons and a volume knob. The cupholders are bigger, too.
The New South Wales Police Force has a history of having cool vehicles in its fleet. For example, the cops started using a Lexus RC F to promote road safety in 2016. A year later, an Audi S7 took on a similar role.