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Yes it’s true. After initially stating that a sportier version of the new Civic didn’t fit in with Honda‘s vanilla marketing strategy, inside sources reveal that in fact, such a car is under development.
Following criticism that Honda has abandoned its enthusiast followers in favor of pure mass-market appeal; company president Takanobu Ito’s plan to help the brand regain some of the sporting credentials it has lost this past decade, is a glimmer of hope to those who fondly recall the days of NSXs and anything Type R.
Exactly what features this new ‘hot’ Civic will incorporate remains to be seen, though expect suspension and styling tweaks, standard six-speed manual gearbox and a uniquely tuned four-cylinder engine As to when it will be launched, possibly a couple of years from now, though given that the previous Civic Type R didn’t make it North American shores, expect this one to follow the same course, being based on the sportier Euro market model and primarily tailored for an audience across the pond. Pity.
For whatever strange reason, North America has never been blessed with receiving any of the Type-R versions of the Honda Civic, and given the huge success of the Integra Type-R, we still sit and scratch our heads on that decision. Nonetheless, the hot Civic Type-R has caught our eyes since day one, and now we’ve got a real look at its potential thank to the genius tuners at J’s Racing.
J’s Racing is notorious for bringing out some of the baddest Hondas over the years, like their trademark Honda S2000 and wickedly-fast Honda Fit. So when we spotted this Euro Honda Civic Type-R we felt inclined to share it.
Hopefully this will inspire some enthusiasts to build their own renditions, but clearly J’s Racing is utilizing this Civic Type-R as a marketing tool for their Hyper ECU line of products. But really, when you take a look at the finished product it’s more or less what we’d expect from any JDM tuner. Clean cut conservative lines, with carbon fiber mixed in and a set of tasteful wheels.
Make sure to check out a video of the car after the break that highlights a lot of the car’s features.
GALLERY: J’s Racing Euro Honda Civic Type-R
[Source: JDM Ego's Weblog]