Although the top CIvic in the US is only the Civic Si, buyers in the Japan have been lucky enough to get the even more fun Civic Type R. Well it’s a sad day because Honda has announced that the four-door Civic Type R is being discontinued. Production of the Civic Type R is expected to end this August.
In Type R form the Civic puts out 225 horsepower. There is no word if a new Civic Type R is planned.
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.