Well I have a five door but I'm not a pensioner nor a Classic CM listener! I came across the link from a Honda UK tweet.Going back to the pensioners statement - if I understand it correctly Honda are holding off producing a Type R because of European emissions legislation.
This being the case they are presumably targeting the new Civic at the current buyers of the 5 door variants. These buyers will have different requirements to the Type R performance and modification boys and I think they have read the market well.
I wonder which 8G Civic variant has sold the most units and therefore has been the designers target audience?
Don't you know everything happens slowly for pensioners.If the 9G was for pensioners I would expect deliveries to be sooner than 5.5 months (as I am having to wait for my ES-T). I doubt if delivery dates like this will be much use to those near the end of their lives.