Honda to Stop Production of the Civic Type R Sedan

After three years of production, Honda has announced it would stop selling the third-generation Civic Type R sedan at the end of August 2010. The car was being manufactured at the company’s Suzuka factory in Japan, exclusively for the local market. Its predecessor had come off Honda's Swindon production line, in the UK.

Bad news for Japanese fans of this model, but there’s also good news. Honda Japan will continue to import the two-door Civic Type R Euro hatchback for at least another year. Honda started importing the car as a limited edition model last November, and due to the car’s impressive sales success Honda decided to import 2010 models as well.

Unlike its three-door hatchback version, which has 200 horsepower, the four-door Type R's 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, derived from the Civic Si, is injected with extra power for a rating of 225 horsepower and 158 lb-ft. of torque. This increased power is put on the ground through a six-speed manual transmission.

A front-wheel drive car, the Civic Type R sedan received several other key performance upgrades. The car was lighter and more rigid than a standard Civic sedan, and also used a specially tuned suspension. Lightweight 18-inch aluminum wheels with high-performance tires provided better cornering, and massive 17-inch disc brakes provide increased stopping power. The hatchback also gets the suspension upgrades found on the Type R sedan.

The Type R badge is worn by Honda's performance models and was first offered with the legendary NSX coupe back in 1992. The first Civic Type R appeared in 1997.
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