In my experience you can't really request one until they start officially taking orders. I'd get in good with a reliable dealer that can tell you when that is (when they decide when that is) and go that day to place your order so that you're first on the list. Try going to one of the larger high turnover dealers as they may receive new cars sooner/more often than smaller dealerships.I've heard that the waiting list for the type R goes well into 2016. What can I do to make sure that I wont have to wait for months after it hits dealerships to get mine? Should I go to my dealership now and tell them i'm waiting for one?
On a side note, the 2016 Accord has carplay and android auto, but its only for EX and up. We should expect the same for the civic.