The production Type R — which debuted Tuesday at the Geneva auto show — will plug a conspicuous though small-volume hole in Honda’s lineup last filled by the S2000 roadster in 2009. Its aim is simple: Give dealers, enthusiasts and the brand proof that Honda’s thrill-seeking can still outshine its sensibility from time to time.
Stopping the Civic Type R shouldn’t be a problem thanks to 4-pot Brembo brakes up front with 13.8-inch cross-drilled aluminum rotors up front and solid 12-in rotors in the back. Surrounding those brakes will be 20-in alloy wheels wrapped in 245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 tires.
The color red highlights the interior as well, with in-your-face red trim for the steering wheel, sport seats, and gauge cluster. Faux carbon-fiber trim adorns the dashboard, while a serialized Type R plaque on the center console should make owners feel special.
The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.