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Honda Civic Type R news - Civic Type R hits Japan - 2009
In your face, Japan! You may have far surpassed us humble Brits in the delicate art of building sturdy, reliable mass-market cars - and electrical equipment, and, er, just about everything else - but we’re still the kings of the hot hatch.
See, Japanese fans of high-revving loonmobiles can already buy the home-built Civic Type R saloon, but it seems there’s some demand for the three-door hatchback variant - and Swindon’s the only factory that builds it.
The Civic Type R hatch is already exported to South Africa and Australia (as part of a gap year programme, in exchange for which we receive several thousand improbably tanned bar staff) but it’s something of a coup for the Japanese to admit they want their hot hatch back.
We’ll do you a deal, Japan. You can have our Civic Type R… if we can have your Honda Zest Spark.
Now watch Clarkson thrash the Type R: