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As if our fellow car enthusiasts in Australia don't already have it good enough (what with the high-power Commodores, Falcons, Utes and assorted Ford Europe imports), now Honda UK's going to start exporting its Swindon-built Civic Type R 3-door to the island continent. When sale kick off in July, Oz will be the first non-European market to receive the Type R hatchback. It's also scheduled to make the trek to Eastern Europe, with sales in Russia and the Baltic states beginning by the end of the year. This Type R is an altogether different vehicle than the just-introduced JDM Civic Type R (gallery), which is based on the sedan.

Pricing should be in the vicinity of $40,000 Australian dollars (around $32K USD). The Civic Type R generates 201 horsepower at 8,000 RPM from its 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC powerplant, makes the run to 60 in around six seconds, and has a top end of 146 mph. It went on sale in Europe in March. As for us, the most recent rumors point to 2010 for a possible US-market Type R sedan. We'll wait patiently.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Manual trans only
      Not fast enough for enthusiasts
      Too loud
      US drivers expect a Civic to get over 30 MPG"

      The Si has essentially the same engine, makes 30+ MPG. Actually the USDM Civic Si is superior to the Euro CTR (not JDM CTR)--the EDM uses torsion beam suspension to free up some space in the back, so its handling isn't quite as sharp as the Civic Si's independent suspension.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is an attractive 2 door hatch. The previous Honda hatch didn't sell in the US because it was just plain ugly, and it only came in the SI trim. Unfortunately, too many other manufacturers are obsessed with building stodgy 4 door sedans and 4 doors station wagons, typified by Honda's upcoming Type R 4 door sedan in the US.

      Give me a 2 door hatch any day, but it has to have the good independent suspension, brakes, drive train, and other good content. Saturn came so close to the right formula with it's upcoming Astra, but screwed itself by using the cheap torsion beam suspension. Same deal with the Nissan Sentra, plus a mistake in not offering that as a 2 door coupe or hatchback.

      When will manufacturers get a clue that "small" car doesn't have to equate to "cheap" car or car lacking quality and innovation.

      The BMW Mini and the current Honda Civic EX 2 door are the type of car the market is starved for (small size and high content)!

      • 8 Years Ago
      The JDM Civic Type R is too hardcore for Americans,best if you stick with your soft suspensions and doughy rides.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IMHO, we don't get this in the US because the previous version (EP3 2002-05 Civic Si) did not sell well here. It was an odd duck...
      Built in England - poor exchange rates
      Manual trans only
      Not fast enough for enthusiasts
      Too loud
      US drivers expect a Civic to get over 30 MPG

      I bought one anyway. What I really want now is the US market Civic Si, which in many ways is the equal of the Euro Type R.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just want the body style; EX, Si, Type R. get it over here and then we can finangle the sport versions....

      &BTW, why the hell doesnt the new Astra XR come with the 180hp engine, and leave the 140hp to the XE?
      Sorry, side rant but related to euro market...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Same reason I got rid of my Ferarri. Kept banging my head on the door frame. What a stupid car.

      (That Honda Hatch is hot! The USA is currently in a hot hatch "revolution" - It would make sense to get these over here asap.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Euro Civic hatchback that was here previously stunk. Honda omitted the dual length intake manifold, and only had a 5 speed manual.
      The price didn't help.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Euro Type R is weaksauce. It's essentially the USDM Civic Si in hatchback form. Honda, give us the JDM CTR or don't even bother.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think you in the US don't get the hatch because the US market seems, from here anyway, to be relatively conservative in body styles. I mean whenever a US market car comes to the UK - the old neon, voyager, that Chrysler 300 thing, the mustang -they always look retro (mustang) or just bloody dull (neon). I think the civic hatch would just appeal to too few people. Just my, most probably wrong, observation.

      I've seen a couple of the Type-R about and they look even better than in the pictures - especially in the black.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugly Civic as usual. Keep it over there, we already have enough of the ugly turds clogging our roads.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it really comes down to styling. I personally with but a few exceptions dislike sedans. Many Americans like dull sedan styling. That is not to say they will not buy a hatch back. They buy millions of them. They are just jacked up in the air posing as off roaders.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No. 1. I think the US doesn't get the body style because, from here anyway, it seems you're a releltivly consevative market when it comes to styling, that's not to say there aren't some exceptions. Whenever a true US car comes over to the UK - that Chysler 300 thing, the Mustang, the old neon - they always seem either retro (Mustang) or just plain dull (Neon). Just my obeservation.
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