Honda Aims New Civic Type R at Nurburgring Record

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Japanese automaker announces new Civic Type R for Europe, a Fit/Jazz-based crossover and a new super-sportbike.

Honda is on the brink of a product offensive, bringing a variety of new models to markets around the world. As we headed into the weekend, the Japanese automaker announced a handful more. Most enticing is the announcement of a Type R performance version of the new Civic hatchback. A favorite among hot-hatch enthusiasts, the last Civic Type R went out of production two years ago due to constricting regulations.

In announcing its successor, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito didn't reveal any specific details, only to say that the new Type R will be available in Europe (but don't hold your breath on US availability) and that Honda aims to make it the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Nurburgring. That honor has been held until now by Renaultsport, paving the way for an epic hot-hatch battle on Europe's most challenging race course. That's not all Honda has in store, however. While he was at it, Ito announced a new small crossover to be based on the Fit/Jazz to slot in below the CR-V (which has since grown to a seven-seater).

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Motorbike riders, meanwhile, will also be happy to hear that Honda is planning a new top-of-the-line super-sportbike. Modeled after the racing bikes which Honda fields in the MotoGP series, the new motorbike will take the place once held by the RC30 VFR750R back in the late 80s. Pictured are the new Civic Ti and previous Civic Type R, the new CR-V and Fit/Jazz, and Honda's current MotoGP racer and old VFR750R.

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