• Oct 4th 2006 at 9:09AM
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UPDATE: Press release, hi-res photo gallery added

The 'R' in Type-R stands for 'racing,' so the deciders for Formula 1 thought it best to name the Civic Type-R Prototype as the official vehicle for this week's Japan Grand Prix. The four-door prototype has been given the go ahead for production and will likely hit dealers in its home country in late 2007. The overall shape bears significant resemblance to the current Civic sold stateside, however a revised front and rear fascia give the JDM Civic a bit more flow, when compared to its angular sibling abroad. Motivation will come in the form of a 2-liter, inline-four, producing upwards of 220 HP and sending power through a six-speed manual.

The race, to be held at the world-famous Suzuka Circuit in the Mie Prefecture, is the second to last race of the season and may prove to be one of the most entertaining races of the year. With a course rife with passing opportunities and the two leaders, Schumacher and Alonso, running neck-and-neck in points, we've already planned our Sunday around the race and even if you're not into F1, this may be the race to see.

(Photo gallery, press release after the jump)

[Source: Honda]

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Civic Type R Prototype Named Official Car For 2006 F1 Japan Grand Prix

October 3, 2006 -- Honda Motor Co., Ltd., today announced that the prototype 4-door Civic Type R, the sports version of the Honda Civic, has been selected as the official car for the 2006 F1 Japan Grand Prix, to be held at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie prefecture, Japan, october 6-8, 2006. A production model, currently under development, is scheduled for release in japan in spring 2007.

The 4-door Civic Type R prototype, fitted with a 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC engine with an output of 220PS and a specially tuned sport suspension, delivers exhilirating driving performance in keepting with its bold, dynamic styling.

In addition to serving as the official car (red flag car) for the F1 Japan Grand Priz, the Civic R prototype will also be on display at Honda's exhibit at Suzuka Circuit.

Civic Type R Prototype (4-door) Specifications
Engine: 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC
Output: over 220PS
Dimensions (L x W x H): 4,540 x 1,771, x 1,425mm

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This looks almost exactly like the 2007 Honda Civic si sedan that I got last month! ONly major difference I see is the color scemes, the white rims, and the huge rear wing. The current one we have here in the U.S. can easier look better than that and it's not that far off from what I see. All in all it's a matter of perferance, I think mine looks realy neat and has dons of potential via the aftermarket. Oh, and another thing, just because I car doesn't have 400+hp doesn't mean its slow. Why don't you ppl that think this car looks so much more better look again on hondas website of the si sedan that is here and see for yourself the striking resemblance. This one also has the same 2.0 I-VTEC motor! what the hell is the hype about?? lol
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hell yeah this is the model they've released in Oz. Hopefully it's a sign that they'll finally release the CTR locally!
      • 9 Years Ago
      "the R stands for racing"?

      according to who?

      honda's actually never given a definition for their R's, either in single R or double RR form. it's just the ricers and wikipedia that think it means racing.

      i'll wait for honda's definition or just be content with the letters alone.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Acura CSX that we get up here is basically the european Accord.
      • 9 Years Ago
      looks alot like the acura csx (the canadian's exclusive acura).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet. A combination of sport, muscle and luxury. Thats exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you Honda!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh and almost forgot! The "TYPE R" sticker!!! ahhh. bet that makes is run faster because of that right? My point? this car isn't any better than the "SI" that is currently here. If it came with a factory installed turbo & increase in hp of alteast 20hp and still got pretty good gas mileage than yeah, might be something to get excited about. However, from what I see it's nothing but a raced out SI.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bert, isnt the european accord the TSX that we have here in North america?
      • 9 Years Ago
      HUH? Is this Civic planning to fill in for the Mercedes CLK AMG that's normally the safety car?

      Official car and red flag car... hmm, or are they saying it's not fast enough to be a safety car... I don't think Bernd Maylander would have too much fun driving a front drive car with only 220bhp when he's used to a 450+hp rear drive AMG to whack down the straights.
      • 9 Years Ago
      To Further Clarify.

      Canadian Acura CSX IS the Honda Civic in Japan. Or the Type R version you see posted. Also the Honda Civic we have here is the So called "North American" version in our Honda Dealers. Which is like the Same one in the U.K. The Real "CIVIC" is actually the one in your Acura Dealer "CSX".

      - Whoever said a CSX was like a ACcord. Buddy u need too go do a rain check on that.

      The Real accord here in "North America" is called a "Acura TSX" And in Japan its called Honda Accord. Different names same thing. And yes the TSX has a "R" version. Its called the Honda Accord Euro R.
      • 9 Years Ago
      to clairfy.... North American Acura TSX is the EU Accord. The EU Civic has the Canadian Acura CSX front and rear. (not sure if this is applicable to non Type R JDM Civic)
      • 9 Years Ago
      looks better thanthe Civic version we got here. this frontend at least is ok, and not horrificly ugly like the current one
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