Easy to admit, though, they look pretty good

Every new car owner is faced with the tempting realization that new cars come with their own perks, including personalizing the car and adding whatever accessories are available. That temptation is even more understandable when the new car is the Honda Civic Type R. That’s probably why everybody is freaking out about these new accessories Honda just released for the Type R. The only caveats are that they’re only available in Japan, and more importantly, they cost more than you expect them to.

To put it in perspective, accessory prices in Japan make the prices at Hamilton Honda seem like bargains by comparison. It’s that incredible. Take for example the three-piece, red accent trim that sits just above the front grille and the headlights. That piece costs $293 based on current conversation rates. That’s actually a decent price if you think about it. But would you pay $1,564 for a carbon rear wing with a crimson polyester weave? How about Crystal Black Pearl or Red mirror covers for $137 a piece? While we’re at it, Type-R-branded floor mats have been priced at $577, close to double the price of what Hamilton Honda is asking for the same item. The prices are incredible, but the circumstances of the Japanese market do dictate that they’re priced as such. It’s a good thing that they do a fantastic job of dressing up the Civic Type R because, with the accessories in place, the hot hatch looks dramatically more potent and menacing.

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The temptation is real, even if it comes at a cost

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The accessories Honda is offering for the Civic Type R are pretty enticing.

I’ve had the deep urge to accessorize a new car, so don’t feel too bad if you’ve been in the same position. That said, I am wary of paying too much since paying for a car is already an expensive endeavor. But if money is no object for our friends over in Japan, the accessories Honda is offering for the Civic Type R are pretty enticing, to say the least.

I especially like what the interior of the hot hatch ends up looking like. It’s not just about those Type R floor mats, either, since other options are available for this section of the car. There’s a red carbon fiber trim available for the dashboard at a converted cost of $440. Opt to get the same material on the door panel and that’ll set you back another $420. Likewise, upgrades on the center console cost $254 while red LED accent lights for the footwell, door pockets, and handles, will add another $225 to your total bill.

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The accessories are far from cheap but they do breathe more life and personality to the Civic Type R.

The accessories are far from cheap but they do breathe more life and personality to the Civic Type R. Tack on another $2,445 to the total cost of the accessories should you decide to replace the hot hatch’s stock wheels with a set of 18-inch forged alloys. I personally don’t subscribe to spending too much on accessories for any car, but if this is what the Civic Type R is going to end up looking like, I’d probably rethink my position provided that I have the funds to make it happen.

And while we’re at it, this does put into perspective what a dealership like Hamilton Honda is doing, doesn’t it? Accessories are a big part of personalizing a car to suit the personality of its owner. The cost doesn’t come cheap if you want to get everything, but the payoff can be pretty impressive, as we can see with what Honda Japan is offering for prospective owners of the Civic Type R.

References

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Read our full review on the Honda Civic Type R.

Source: Honda Japan

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