UK production of the Honda Civic Type R will end in October because its high-revving 2.0-litre VTEC engine has fallen foul of European emission regulations.
The Civic Type R’s 2.0-litre unit doesn’t comply with forthcoming EuroV emission laws, so Honda has decided to remove it from UK price lists rather than make the necessary changes. More than 12,000 Civic Type R units have been sold in the UK since January 2007.
The three-door Civic Type R is built in Swindon, and although UK and European production is ending, the plant will still produce the hot hatch for markets further afield, such as Australia and South Africa.
The Civic itself is due to be replaced late next year and the new model is reported to be lighter and more economical than the car it replaces, in line with Honda’s new strategy.
Sales of the Civic Type R will carry on in the UK until December and the firm is offering £2230 off a Civic Type R GT model as part of a run-out offer. Finance offers are also available on other Civic Type Rs.
To celebrate the Civic Type R in the UK, Honda is holding a special get together of Type R models at the Silverstone round of the BTCC later this month.
There will be a Type R car park and there will be a special Type R ‘Lap of Honour’ during the race weekend.