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Cars America Missed Out On: Honda Civic Type R

What does Honda not get? This would do incredible in the US.

It’s the Honda Civic we’ve always wanted and were always denied. The Civic Type R first hit the market back in 1997 in the UK and Japan, and soon made its way to the rest of Europe. This hot hatch has won numerous awards throughout its lifetime and it just seems to get better with age. Power has always come in the form of a turbocharged four pot, with the outgoing third-gen car reaching a total output of 198 horsepower and 142 lb-ft of torque. Of course, only a manual gearbox has ever been offered.

Unlike some other hot hatches, Honda has always made the Type R for the true performance thrill-seeker. Not that it’s hard to drive, but it packs quite a punch that the inexperienced driver may find a bit intimidating. And with the upcoming fourth-gen Type R, Honda is setting the bar very high: 300 hp and a hopeful new Nurburgring track record for its class. Unfortunately, Americans won’t be able to experience this wonderful madness.

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