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Honda Civic Type R Concept: Geneva Auto Show

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.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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