They say all good things must come to an end but this seemingly came out of nowhere. With Honda taking the direction of being environmentally friendly and “green”, they have decided to end production of the 4-door Civic Type R by August 2010. Here in the U.S. we’ve barely started to get used to the idea of the U.S. Civics doing the full R conversions and now with their on the way to the can. What a shame…if there was ever a more attractive incarnation of the Type R, it would probably be the FD2 chassis. I personally loved this bodystyle R and all the new stuff that was coming out for it from J’s Racing and Feel’s, etc., etc…. Sucks that they’re not gonna make them anymore.
Official Press Release…
TOKYO, Japan, April 19, 2010 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced it will discontinue production of the 4-door Civic Type R at the end of August, 2010. A purist’s sports car featuring precisely tuned vehicle dynamics, the Civic Type R creates a unity between car and driver for exceptional driving pleasure. The first-generation model launched in 1997 and was produced at Suzuka Factory. The second-generation model following in 2001, was produced at Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing Ltd.* For the current, third-generation Civic Type R that was released in 2007, the production has returned to Suzuka Factory.
Type R models are specially tuned to take full advantage of the potential of the base model and provide a racing car-like driving feel. First offered on the NSX in 1992, the Type R range was added to the Integra in 1995 and to the Civic in 1997.