It’s hard to say whether or not the Honda Type-R moniker shares the prestige it did a decade ago with the Integra Type-R. But Honda has recently announced the discontinuation of the Civic Type-R sedan starting August 2010. To us it makes sense, since Honda doesn’t quite have the popularity with their sedans, but rather their hatchbacks and coupes. The hatchback variant of the Civic Type-R will continued to be produced in Europe and imported to Japan, a vehicle that’s much more relevant to those markets.
It seems that North America will never get their hands on either of these vehicles right now, which is disappointing considering how well the Integra Type-R did. For those wanting to know what they’ve missed out on, the Civic Type-R sedan was powered with a 2.0L inline-four that put out 225-hp and 158 ft-lbs of torque. And in-line with all Type-R models, stiffened and tuned suspension components allowed it to handle much better than its “lower-model brethren.” There were once rumors that it would find its way over to North America, but sadly there is little left to hold on to. For now we’ll just have to settle for the Honda Civic Si sedan.