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Looking back on 30 years of the best Honda Type R models

Looking back on 30 years of the best Honda Type R models

2015 saw a major change when the first-ever turbocharged Civic Type R was released in Europe and Japan, based on the FK2 generation Civic. Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine produced 306 horsepower, it had the largest Brembo front brakes on any Type R model to date, and there was a track-oriented +R mode.

After ten years of watching from the sidelines, the FK8 Civic finally brought the Civic Type R to America for the first time. It also delivered 306 horsepower, but the new multi-link independent rear suspension and adaptive damper system significantly improved the car’s ride and handling. It didn’t take long for this Type R to break the front-wheel drive record at the Nürburgring, and more than 21,000 Civic Type Rs were sold in the US by the end of 2021.

The last incarnation of the outgoing Civic Type R was the Limited Edition. Only 600 were made for the US and it is 50 pounds lighter than the regular model. Finished in vibrant Phoenix Yellow and running on Michelin Cup 2 tires, it was an even more focused version of a hot hatch that has made a big impression on us over the years.

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