Honda has announced that they will axe the four-door Civic Type R, with production ending this August.
The four-door Type R has been around since 1997, and it’s a fine car. The latest one makes up for the two extra doors with a 21 hp power boost over the two-door variant. It even has a six-speed manual.
However, all good things must come to end, especially since Honda has recently killed off a couple good cars already (S2000, NSX) in an effort to become a more eco-friendly company.
Honda to Complete Production of 4-Door Civic Type R
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.
* Established in 1985 in Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.