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Honda Civic Type R Concept: Geneva Auto Show

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2014

What Is It?

The Honda Civic Type R Concept previews a high-performance Civic that should make its way to Europe and Asia in the next year or two. Like previous Civic Type R models, it boasts a long list of upgrades, ranging from stylistic changes to a more powerful engine.

On the outside, the Civic Type R retains much of the shape of Honda's regular Civic hatchback -- a model that hasn't been sold in the U.S. for nearly a decade. But it adds numerous sporty upgrades, ranging from larger wheels and a body kit to a more aggressive front fascia, a huge rear spoiler and massive quad exhausts in back.

But the biggest news is under the hood, where Honda has fitted a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes more than 280 horsepower. The new powerplant is a major step up from traditional Civic models, which use 4-cylinder engines and rarely top 150 hp in Europe and Asia.

Will They Ever Sell It?

There's no doubt that Honda will offer a Civic Type R again. After all, the brand has sold Civic Type R models for years, each offering performance and stylistic upgrades over the brand's standard Civic models. Unfortunately, each past Civic Type R has been kept out of the U.S., and we expect that the upcoming model will meet the same fate.

Why It's Important

The Honda Civic Type R Concept may not be coming to the States, but it still demonstrates Honda's commitment to performance and driving enjoyment. That can sometimes get lost with a car company whose primary market is shoppers interested in a vehicle that takes them from point A to point B, so we're happy to see that Honda still has horsepower on the brain. Still, we'd like to see the Civic Type R in America, especially as the hot hatch segment heats up with competitors such as the Ford Focus ST and Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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