OK all you Civic fan boys with large checkbooks and connections to the home market, get your browsers ready, because there’s going to be a whole lot of JDM parts for you to order up. At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Honda rolled out a JDM only version of the Civic officially called Civic Type R Euro. But right off the top, let me just say that I’ve always been a little bit puzzled by Honda’s making JDM specific and Euro-market specific and North American market specific versions of these cars (or any other ride that’s sold in all three markets).
From what I can tell, the Civic as a nameplate is so beloved, and the aftermarket and tuner crowd is so smitten with these things, that they will go to great and expensive lengths (at least here in America) to find sources for, and import all the bits and bobs from Japan over here and install them in their stateside rides.
Yes, I do understand concepts like marketing to individual markets, and that, in theory, certain variants of cars will play better in Japan than they will over here (or at least play better at a sales volume necessary to make those bits and bobs profitable), but still … can’t Honda put two and two together and see that there IS a market over here, even if it’s a small market, for stuff like the Civic Type R Euro?
Not selling JDM stuff here (besides legal concerns) is always attributed to things along the lines of ‘we’ve looked into it, but the American car buyer isn’t interested in XXX brand in sufficient number for us to sell it in the U.S.’
Yeah, that’s what Subaru said about the WRX, a car long available in the home market, that “didn’t make sense” to sell over here. Until Subaru did. And they couldn’t produce them and pack them on a boat quick enough.
Anyway, so Honda rolled out the Civic Type R Euro at Tokyo. Honda plans to have the car in Japanese showrooms in November. It’s a three-door hatch that’s built at Honda’s Swindon factory in England and it comes with 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four best described as “rev-happy”. The little mill cranks out 201 HP at 7,800 rpm and puts out 142 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm. The power and grunt gets to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
For some reason, Honda saw fit not disclose performance figures for the Home market-spec Civic Type R hatch, but we understand that it should be like it’s Euro counterpart, which potentially means zero to 62mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 146mph or 235 km/h.
OK, so other than the right hand drive thing, why you keeping it away from America?