Next week, a new Honda Civic Type R will appear. Not just a mid-life facelift for the current car – which hasn’t even been on sale two years – but an entirely new model.
But don’t let that convince you the outgoing car is a dud that arrived in immediate need of replacement. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s a magnificent car and its untimely disappearance from the showroom is a quirk of Honda’s product planning above anything else.
The Black Edition you see here is Honda seeing off the Civic Type R (the FK2 generation, model code geeks) in typical car industry fashion. So it’s a 100-off run-out special for the UK, with zero mechanical changes but a new lick of paint. Namely black paint with plentiful red detailing inside and out.
We’ve driven it, and it seems as perfect excuse as any to look back at why, no matter how extraordinary the new Type R may turn out to be, this one will be missed, too…