• Aug 7th 2009 at 9:28AM
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One thing Honda fans in other countries have long had access to is the automaker's series of high end Type-R models. Unfortunately, here in the States, we've never been able to get Type-Rs, and that's a real shame. Currently in Japan, Honda is only offering the Civic Type-R as a sedan. However, early next year Japanese drivers will be able to get their mitts on the latest Type-R edition of the Honda Civic in three door hatchback form – but it won't be coming from a Japanese factory. Instead, the right-hand-drive 201 hp Civic will be arriving by boat from Swindon, England, which is the only Honda facility currently building the three-door hot hatch.

The Type-R gets a 2.0-liter i-VTEC four cylinder powerplant with a 7,800 rpm power peak and six-speed gearbox. Honda rates the 0-62 mph acceleration at 6.6 seconds with a 146 mile per hour terminal velocity. Inside, the front occupants are ensconced in some serious sport seats bolstered in Alcantara suede. Yes, we're jealous.

[Source: Honda]


European Manufactured Civic Type R to be Sold in Japan

The British-built Civic Type R will be exported to Japan from next year. The acclaimed 3-door hot hatch, manufactured at Honda's factory in Swindon, England, is to be shipped to Japan where it will go on sale during 2010.

The model will be called the Type R EURO, to distinguish it from the Japanese-market 4-door Civic Type R saloon, and will be sold in limited numbers.

Japan is the third country outside Europe to import this high-revving hot hatch with the red 'H' badge, following Australia and South Africa. The demand for the European-produced car in Honda's domestic market is testament to the dedication and skill of Associates at Honda's largest European factory - the only production facility in the world that builds the Civic Type R 3-door.

Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) also builds the 5-door Civic, Civic Type S and CR-V for Europe and will start production of the Jazz, this Autumn.

Japan also imported the previous Swindon-built Civic Type-R (EP3 model) in 2001

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm ALMOST giving up on Honda. They really haven't given us anything interesting in a while. The half interesting Prelude is gone, now the S2000. No more Integra Type R, NSX, or RSX (aren't they dropping that soon too?) as well. But HEY HEY HEY...they're bringing that watered down FWD Del Sol thing MAYBE. The ONLY thing Honda has going for it in my eyes right now is the new CR-Z. /end rant
        • 6 Years Ago
        they dropped the RSX a couple years ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      As others have mentioned, Honda/Acura America have become steadily more boring as the years go by. Even the Acura RSX was a dud compared to the Integra.

      Honda has basically become Toyota - bland vehicles for bland people. Look at the land barge Accord and the "me too" Insight.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Ill bet this thing is over 25k too.

      Tough pill to swallow for a fwd 4 banger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In the UK, the base Civic Type-R retails for just over £19K - about £3.4K less than the base VW Golf GTi 3-door.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sadly with the economy in the state it is in, Honda will probably be avoiding "fun" cars for a bit. But it would be a pleasant surprised if out of nowhere they announced a new sport car or at least something fast in the US.

      Honda could do something amazing with the Civic or TSX... this amazing thing would be to add the 2.4liter turbo I4 with SH-AWD and 6-spd into either the Civic or TSX. If you did that honda... you would win my heart again :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Euro Civic looks so nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this car looks better than its previous incarnation as the euro type r. for everyone comparing this to the GTI, the SI can beat a GTI on the track (read: not a drag strip), and the R20 will have AWD and 270hp. get serious.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hah so you guys DO admit an Acura is an overpriced Honda!!!!

      I'll take my VW any day over that piece.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, overpriced, with a hand-built engine, the then-highest specific output normally aspirated engine on the market (topped by the S2000), a heavily reinforced structure and deemed to be the best handling front wheel drive car in the world by various media outlets... for less than a Corrado (Not the actual transaction price; I could have bought a Corrado VR6 for under $15K at one point, which begs a few questions...)

        Oh, and I don't recall any issues related to CEL (only a VW owner would know what that is) , bad coils, mass air flow sensors, etc. as I was subjected to as a VW driver.

        Nah,... that TY-R was a true heap ;), which is why an unmodified one (Really wish goon-hoons would stop trying to "improve" something so rare; Start with a GS-R instead, if you want to mod an Integra) is still worth more than for what I could have bought that new Corrado VR6
        • 6 Years Ago
        This splits the difference between the GTI and R32 (a little quicker than the GTI, slower than the R32) and costs more than either. It'll handle better and be less enjoyable for daily driving. Each have their advantages and disadvantages.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A VW is an overpriced Skoda.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good try but Honda owns Acura and VW owns Skoda
        • 6 Years Ago
        p.s. sarcasm
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aahhhh,... sarcasm. How 'bout some emoticons so it's a touch more obvious?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are we talking about the Wabbit? There seem to be so many better options, I don't see why a She-W is even up for discussion.

        I agree with the rest here, I'll take a Japanese (or American) offering over the Wabbit (though my little sister would LOVE one!)

        But then again, I would never buy a FWD car. Ain't no kind of fun being dragged around by the front wheels and ain't too nice to put all the work on those two alone...
      • 6 Years Ago
      why couldnt they bring this over and call it the new CRX ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey, they already changed the name to CIVID. At least that what it *looks* like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Regarding VW, I'll take a Japanese-built car over a Mexican-built car all day long. Cheers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        but the last 2 CTR hatches were all made in swindon

        the ep3 chassis world wider were 100% made in the swindon factory
        im not sure if the Fn2 Chassis hatch have had all 100% made in the swindon factory off the top of my head but i wouldnt be surprised...

        ah well, i wouldnt be too butt hurt over this type r not making it to the states, its heavier and more disconnected feeling than the ep3 i have now...and as top gear showed us slower...
        plus its just too shouty for me

        on another note im sure the japanese will be happy about it because like everywhere some people like coupes, or sedans, or hatches...so im sure some japanese people were sad that their new type r wasnt a hatch and will be pretty happy to see they can get one now
        • 6 Years Ago
        yea cause all VWs are made in mexico. my gti was shipped over from germany from one of the most inventive automotive plants in the entire world.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's the issue about the EDM Civic versus the USDM/JDM Civic; the former is essentially an extended Fit, which means that it's handling is somewhat inferior due to a rear torsion bar suspension versus the USDM/JDM multilink suspension. That's why I don't really care about not seeing the EDM Civic Type-R here, as we get the nearly-identical Si here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why are you jealous? Our stateside Si, both the coupe and sedan, are better performing out of the box, and better platforms overall than the Euro Type R. I can't believe Honda has the balls to even consider selling this thing to their own people. Of course, I couldn't believe they'd ever give a Type R the rear suspension of a 1993 Cavalier, either. I bet they're all laughing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont know why Honda USA decided not to bring these Type-R s to the US soil when they carry almost the same JDM recognition as the Skyline GT-R's...It would be so cheap to market the Type_r cuz every Honda grease monkey knows about them...and if they made them AWD that would be icing on the cake to compete against the STI's and the EVO's in the compact crowd...
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