• Apr 19, 2010
Honda Civic Type R (JDM) – Click above for high-res image gallery

After only three years of production (in its current form), the Japanese market Honda Civic Type R will take its final bow at the end of August. Here in America, we've always lusted after Honda's Type R products (though we've always been very pleased with our own market's Civic Si), but we can't help but feel saddened by the loss of a true performance icon.

What's to love, you ask? For starters, the Civic Type R is fitted with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, able to produce around 225 horsepower at a screaming 8,000 rpm, and when you consider that the whole package weighs less than 2,800 pounds, it's makes for a relatively quick Civic. Couple that mill to one of the best six-speed manual gearboxes on the planet and you've got a recipe for success. What's more, Civic Type Rs are fitted with 18-inch wheels on Bridgestone Potenza performance tires and four-piston Brembo brakes – the equipment you need for a serious track day pocket rocket.

There's no word if another Civic Type R is in the works, especially with Honda's larger focus on hybrid cars taking up most of the research and development money. Still, we are indeed mourning the loss of this mean machine and are hugging our Civic Sis here in the U.S. for comfort. Hit the jump for Honda's official press release.



[Source: Honda]
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Honda to Complete Production of 4-Door Civic Type R

TOKYO, Japan, April 19, 2010 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced it will discontinue production of the 4-door Civic Type R at the end of August, 2010. A purist's sports car featuring precisely tuned vehicle dynamics, the Civic Type R creates a unity between car and driver for exceptional driving pleasure. The first-generation model launched in 1997 and was produced at Suzuka Factory. The second-generation model following in 2001, was produced at Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing Ltd.* For the current, third-generation Civic Type R that was released in 2007, the production has returned to Suzuka Factory.

Type R models are specially tuned to take full advantage of the potential of the base model and provide a racing car-like driving feel. First offered on the NSX in 1992, the Type R range was added to the Integra in 1995 and to the Civic in 1997.

* Established in 1985 in Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      As I drove to work this morning, and grinded through the gears of my '06 Civic Si that I have had for 4 years now... I thought back to this article from a few days ago, and I have a huge eff-ing issue with the following statement:

      "Couple that mill to one of the best six-speed manual gearboxes on the planet and you've got a recipe for success"

      Are you kidding me?! Have you driven one of these cars with the so called "best gearboxes"??? I have had my FG2 for 4 years and 50K miles... and while my car in traditional Honda heritage has always started up and pretty much never caused an issue for me, I think this is a rediculous statement! I am not about to compare this gearbox to those of much higher end cars, but a similar comparable would be the VW GTI's and A4's respective MTs. They absolutely blow it out of the water for throw distance, feel, and easy of going through the gears. The Honda MT is barely above crap! It feels like I am going metal on metal through all my gears, and I had to help the throw distance by getting a dumb short-shifter and then replace the MTF with Amsoil that only temporarily helped! And have you not been aware of the MASSIVE amount of 3rd gear issues that the FG2 and FA5 Civics have had?!? Do a Google search!

      I'm sorry to go on a complete rant here, but I just completely disagree with that statement, and that's unusual for me since I'm completely on AB's side with most of your articles and reviews, but this one is just ill-informed.

      In closing, now you may ask why I have kept this car for 4 years (or even bought it for that matter to begin with), and not traded it in. Well for the first few months, everything was great, then it rapidly declined. But while I still have it... I don't know... some laziness... and some of my cheapness in having to put money towards a new car. But this will be my last Honda product.

      Cheers! Happy Wednesday!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda has gone crazy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think people need to remember that a next-gen Civic is coming out in ~2012.

      They might have ended production of this Type R, but I am sure that they will bring it back when the new model comes out.

      And I really hope that this time the American Civic is exactly the same as the European model. Even though realistically, I doubt it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They better be, those son of a female dogs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i dk about the K series engines and manual trans, but the B series hydro trans were some of the slickest smoothest shifting linkages I have ever tried. if nothing else, NOTHING else... honda makes about the best shifter out there (IMO of course).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since the demise of the double wishbone suspension in favor of the inferior and cheaper McPherson and torsion bar setup the civic had lost it's handling capabilities.
      Bring back the old civic (Senna era)
      Tim
      • 4 Years Ago
      First they end the M3 Sedan...

      now the Type-R Sedan...

      I think people are starting to get it....4-door sports is stupid....

      Are you hearing me Porsche?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh my freaking God. Honda, please tell me that you're actually souping up a new Type R and that this hiatus is only temporary.

      Or otherwise I'm probably going to buy your brochure just to rip it into million pieces and burn it in a fire. I have no idea how else I can get my rage out without getting in trouble. As a Honda fan, I've been feeling heartbroken and this is just the last straw.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to be a HUGE Honda fan. It all started with my very first car - a 1982 Honda Civic 1500GL and ended with a 1991 Acura NSX. [That I bought used and owned for 11 years] In between those two cars have been several Civics, Accords and a Prelude. What I find sad - is that there is not ONE new Honda/Acura vehicle that I would want to own. NOT ONE. How pathetic is that? And now this. What exactly does Honda want to be known as? Right now - they're not the best at anything. There is no reason to buy a Honda/Acura over any other car. I can't help but think that most people who are buying Honda's these days are doing so out of habit more than anything else.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And we get the CR-Z, the Crosstour and endless hybrids? I once hated Ford and thought the world on Honda. Those days are gone like a cold beer on a hot day (though I still like the Civic coupe).
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1. Honda is nothing but a bunch of overweight, ugly styled, clutterboxes. See, Ford, what step up and quality can do for you? Hondas cars get bigger dimensionally every generation. Frickin sucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to be a huge Honda fanboy, but the company has lost its way. I wanted to love the Civic Si, but it was a complete disappointment. The engine sounds incredible at 8k, but it only goes that fast when you launch it at 6k and beat the snot out of it. No one does that on the car they are paying $20k+ for. Handling was OK, gearbox was OK, but I couldn't get past the power curve. And yes, I know the Si we have isn't the same as the Type R, but the driving dynamics are very similar, just more frenetic at a higher pace. Point is, the car would be a blast on a track where you can use the power at high speed, but on the road its just boring. Driven in a normal manner, the GTI feels much faster and is fun at low speeds that you can do on a daily basis on local fun roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ... Honda..... What are you doing
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't say the GTI was faster. I said it "is nearly as fast," i.e., 0-62 mph time of 6.9 vs 6.6 seconds. Regardless, my argument isn't about which car is faster in a straight line, around a track, or handles better. My point is that the Type R isn't that great performance-wise and has poor fuel economy, despite it relatively low weight, which isn't a recipe for sales success in Europe.

        I'll give you another example to illustrate my point. The BMW 325 SE with a 218 hp 3.0 liter 6-cyl engine weighs 500 lbs more than the Type R, does 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds, and delivers 39 mpg imperial. I'm not suggesting that the Type R competes with the BMW 3-Series. The point is that the Type R powertrain's combination of performance and fuel fuel just isn't competitive in Europe given the high fuel cost and CO2 taxes there.

        You can also compare the Mini JCW mentioned above, which delivers 10 mpg imperial more than the Type R while delivering at least comparable performance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tourian I thought the hatch was a euro hatch?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It isn't selling well in Europe because, despite weighing just 2800 lbs, it's not particularly fast and it consumes a lot of fuel, which means high CO2 taxes. Just to compare, the Golf GTI sold in the UK has more HP and lots more torque, is nearly as fast, weighs over 250 lbs more, yet does 39 mpg vs the Civic's 31 mpg imperial combined.

        This is symptomatic of the problem Honda faces in Europe. It doesn't have competitive powertrains, which is ironic for a company that built so much of its reputation on engines. Honda sales are down 21% March YTD in Europe (EU27 plus EFTA), despite the market being up nearly 10%.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CH

        Just an FYI, the CTR is quicker than the late S2000 from 0-60 and is quicker around many different tracks. The MKVI GTI can't touch an S2000 in a straight line, let alone even remotely come close on a track. How exactly is the GTI faster again?

        The CTR was a dedicated, no compromises performance vehicle. I hope Honda replaces it with something better with the upcoming 9th generation Civic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe the car just isn't selling well. They still make it in a hatch version right? Perhaps that model is justifying its continued existence in JDM land, but the sedan isn't. In other news, BMW is probably going to drop the M3 sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CH above seems to be confusing the UK made Type R hatch with the JDM Type R sedan which is a very different car.

      The JDM sedan easily sees off any Golf whether it be GTI or R.
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