Honda Civic Type R Concept Blows Turbocharged Raspberry at USA

Honda Civic Type R Concept Blows Turbocharged Raspberry at USA

Honda just officially revealed a concept preview to one of the coolest cars North Americans will be deprived of in the near future.

Set to debut in 2015, the Civic Type R will be an especially potent front-wheel drive performance vehicle. The company said previously that it intends for the car to be the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle around Germany’s vaunted Nurburgring and they aren’t just putting around.

The car will be powered by Honda’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged “Earth Dreams” four-cylinder engine producing just about 280 hp. Aside from the upcoming Acura NSX, Honda’s lineup is devoid of products that play off of its rich racing heritage, but the new Civic Type R is meant to change that.

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Referred to by the brand as a “racing car for the road rather than high-performance version of a road car, the company is going much further than slipping a strong engine under the hood. A front spoiler adds downforce, improving front wheel traction while larger front grilles and air outlets on the hood improve engine cooling.

It’s also impossible to miss the massive rear spoiler that wears integrated LED tail lights. Other exterior highlights include 20-inch wheels.

Honda didn’t release any other technical details today, but teased the fact that there are – obviously – more coming.

GALLERY: Honda Civic Type R Concept Live Photos


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  • Phil

    Love it!

  • Guest

    another car that honda wont give the USA….sick of this crap

  • Gilles Thibault

    Just stick that powertrain in our FG4, and call it a day!

  • Somnambulator

    not in USA = not relevant. That applies to everything.

  • ArmyMech

    Time after time we are teased with yet another bad a$$ honda that we as north americans cant own. Land of the free? Guess not.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    If it sells in Europe, I’ll bet it comes to the USA in the not far distant future.

  • Tommy

    Stupid Honda for not bringing this to the USA. Terrible decision

  • Yuergenclergen

    Why is it that every article I saw up until recently whines about Europe’s requirement that they have small engines in their cars or they get taxed heavily,yet this crap is now going on.Is anyone buying this stuff there?

  • Yuergenclergen

    It’s one ugly sumbitch though.

  • SAS

    If Honda was smart they would offer a package similar to this on the US Civic/ILX they would sell a boat load (think Integra TypeR , CRX, two generations ago Civic Si). But they don’t need to make the effort in building something with some excitement seeing how they can sell every Civic/Accord they can build.

  • SAS

    The reason they wont bring something like this here is because it would cost mid 30’s. What would you rather have a WRX STI, ISF 250, Golf R or a lowly Civic Si?

  • FA5

    Big difference between an Si and a Type-R.



  • angry about honda of japan

    im so angry

  • HondaLover<3

    I completely disagree, this car will NEVER come to America as production car, no Civic Type R has to date…sadly!

  • HondaLover<3

    Honda enthusiasts would buy the Civic Type R!

  • jimscraft

    Europe gets all the good stuff, and they don’t appreciate a car like this! Honda could sell a boatload of them here in the States, so long as they send us that God awful pinkish red color!