Hot on the heels of the discontinued Honda Civic Type R Sedan comes some more bad news for fans of the red H badge. Honda just announced today that it will discontinue sales of the Civic Type R Euro hatch in most markets after 2010 due to emissions regulations.
The adoption of the more stringent Euro 5 emissions regulations means that the Civic Type R will no longer be legal for sale in Europe. Although the Euro hatch is built in Swindon, England, the U.K. plant will continue to produce the hot-hatch for other markets around the world. This should come as good news for Civic Type R fans in Japan, for whom the Type R sedan was discontinued earlier this year.
Like the Civic Si sold in the U.S., the Civic Type R Euro uses a normally-aspirated, 2.0-liter I-4 that produces 197 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission option is a slick-shifting six-speed manual.
Although the powertrain is all but identical to the one offered in the North American Civic Si, the Civic Type R’s chassis and suspension tuning make it a different animal entirely. Handling is improved, thanks to a lighter body and a significantly more rigid chassis than a standard Civic. The Type R also receives a unique suspension tuned for optimum grip. A limited-slip differential and larger, lightweight 18-inch wheels shod with high-performance tires also aid the Civic Type R’s cornering.
In honor of the Civic Type R ending production, Honda UK is hosting a special celebration of the Red H badge at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. The timing of the celebration coincides with the Silverstone round of the British Touring Car Championship in which Honda competes with the Type R Euro. Attendees will be able to take to the track themselves for a “Lap of Honor” commemorating the Civic Type R.
Sales of the Civic Type R Euro officially cease in all European markets in December; production will continue for Japan, Australia, and South Africa for an unspecified amount of time. Type R Euro hatchbacks should hit Japanese dealerships this fall.