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by Mihnea Radu, 4th September 2015

This has to be the most exciting test mule ever to wear the Honda badge, even taking the NSX into consideration. You see, this is a prototype for the Civic Type R sedan that should arrive right after the next-gen compact, bringing over 300 hp of track terror.

The car seen for the first time gives new meaning to the word "mule". The front has a few parts from the Acura ILX, while the back shows the tall taillights of the European Civic hatchback.

But the most interesting piece of all is the exhaust system. It sits in the middle of the car and is made up of three round pipes, which remind us of the outgoing Ferrari 458 Italia. The two pipes on the side are larger, so we don't think Honda will get sued by the Prancing Horse.

Of course, the Civic Type R will only have half the number of cylinders compared to the Ferrari. A single turbocharger will help the 2-liter VTEC deliver over 300 horsepower. For any owner of a current Si model, that's like an intangible dream.

Wider tracks, superior brakes and maybe even adaptive suspension will be installed on this hot machine. Sadly for Honda, there's no shortage of competitors for its contender, as Ford's Focus ST and the Golf R have been available in the US for several years.

As for styling, we only need to look at the 2016 Civic Concept that Honda presented a few months ago. It offered LED headlights and the most aggressive array of wings and skirts you'll see this side of a race car.

The Type R is not the only Civic model that will have a turbocharged engine. The regular 2- and 5-door models will come with a new 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo offering the same output as a 2-liter while drinking less fuel.

Spyshots: 2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US - autoevolution
 

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Wouldn't it be awesome if the middle pipe is an external wastegate?
 

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Was honestly waiting for the Type R for the longest time. I was super-hopeful for the FK2 to make it over to the US (the 9th gen in Europe), but alas that was no dice. It seems that best case scenario the Type R will be 2017. Between disliking the new body, and superior AWD options available or coming up I decided I would no longer wait for Honda to get their sht together
 

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Another update on the Type R:

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UK-Built Honda Civic Type R Debuts in Japan with 2-Liter Turbo Engine

by Mihnea Radu, 28th October 2015

Every Honda Civic fan knows that Japanese Type R models used to be a lot better. While Swindon made that dreadful hatchback, specialist importers could bring the Mugen sedan with a much more powerful engine and better suspension.

Now the tables have turned, and the Japanese are going to get a European model that's superior to most of its competitors. We are talking about the all-new Type R, codenamed FK2 and known throughout the hot hatch community as Satan's Spawn or the fastest car around the Nurburgring.

On the occasion of the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the Civic Type R made its local debut. The output of the 2-liter turbo engine stays the same at 310 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), which means it's going to dominate the Golf R (rated at 280 PS in Japan).

Orders will begin being taken on December 7, and the initial batch of 750 cars is likely to be sold quite quickly. That said, while the Civic Type R is kind of cheap in Britain, by the time it reaches Japan, the price will get bumped up to 4.28 million yen ($35,522). To put that into perspective, that's about the same as an entry-level Lexus R 200t with 2WD.

Subaru also revealed a new performance model today, the WRX STI S207. It's equipped with a 328 PS 2-liter turbo and can cost as much as 6.37 million yen ($52,800) when fitted with the NBR Challenge Pack. So in that regard, this Civic is a cheap car.

Try as they might to fool us with detailed photos, this Type R still doesn't have anything new or specific to the Japanese market. The body kit is the same and the 19-inch wheels covered in ContiSportContact 6 tires cover up Brembo brakes calipers and gigantic 350-inch rotors.

Unlike the Focus ST or Golf GTI, this hot hatch comes standard with bucket seats and a computer that measures G forces and other track-related nonsense.


UK-Built Honda Civic Type R Debuts in Japan with 2-Liter Turbo Engine - Video, Photo Gallery - autoevolution
 

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I'm sorry but I don't know how anyone desires this car. How is Honda still relevant to the enthusiast? I've owned a few and they died years ago in my eyes.

The new car, while powerful and with an engine they should have had 10 years ago, does nothing for me.

Honda must have 15 year olds doing the design work for them because the new car looks like a jumble of mismatched vents and winglets (while functional) look cheesy and tacked on. No one over the age of 20 should be seen driving that thing.

How do you go from understated class like this:
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To this abortion? Ugh look at those (poorly integrated) wheel arches... :p
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I also think they lost their minds with the new NSX, who exactly is the target market for that car? Early indications are that it's a total snoozefest on wheels for 150k! Awesome! I predict a major flop.

3800lbs, contisport contact tires(!), atrocious exhaust note and a price that would allow you to buy a new GT3 with enough leftover to buy a daily beater.

Sorry for the rant, but honestly do people like what Honda is doing? I'm not a fanboy of any car, I've owned over 6 brands, I like good cars and that's where my alligences end. How can Honda fanboys justify this dog****? I'm genuinely curious.
 

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As far as styling you're looking at the current Euro FK2 Type R. The 10th gen Civic will be very different. Also, if the bits are functional is it really a big deal? I get complaining about fake AutoZone scoops and stick-on vents, but the fancy bits on the Civic allow the car to do what it does.

Tastes vary and I think the FK2 is neat actually
 

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I agree with much of what you say, however that IS the fastest FWD car to ever tour the Nurburgring (7:50). Faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and faster than a '09 Porsche Carrera S.
 

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Referring to an inferior platform to start out with. Awd and rwd > fwd.

I hear ya. I love my ST, but it'll never be an RS. It's interesting to note that the FWD 4 cylinder Type R was faster than the 10 cyl. AWD Gallardo. The Type R is a remarkable piece of engineering. Not my cup of tea, but after watching the video of its lap around the Nordeschliefe, I do respect its capabilities.
 

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Hey SCHN3LL,

I guess your previous car, prior to the RS, obviously was NOT a Ford Focus ST. And I would venture to say with certainty you never owned/drove a GSR or an Integra Type R.

Peace to each his own; but IMHO there are some very good if not great FWD cars.


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No doubt they are good cars, just inferior platforms. How many fwd cars are being made by supercar manufacturers? The answer is exactly why they need to tout the fact that it's the fastest of an inferior platform.
 

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