Honda Civic Type R Production Begins

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
Civic Type R Line-Off Event

Today is a day many Honda lovers have been waiting for.

The first all-new Civic Type R rolled off the assembly line at the brand’s plant in Swindon, U.K. For now, the hot hatch will exclusively be sold in Europe, though North America will get the Type R in the next two to three years.

Power for the new hot Civic comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 306 hp, with a redline topping out at 7,000 rpm. Top speed for the car is rated at 167 mph, which helped a prototype version of the car lay down an impressive 7:50 lap time at the Nurburgring.

SEE ALSO: Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Civic Type R

“The new Civic Type R is an imperative model for Honda, representing our racing spirit and demonstrating our commitment to innovation and passion,” said Soichiro Takizawa, Managing Director at Honda UK Manufacturing. “We are extremely proud to be the only manufacturer of the Civic Type R in the world. Our high standards have earned us this privilege and this is testament to the continued commitment of our associates.”

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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