We’ve always been a little bit jealous of Honda’s UK division, who gets interesting cars such as the Civic Type-R. Now the uniquely styled hatch has spurred on a spin-off version in the form of the four-door Civic sedan, and this time round it will be sold outside of Europe. A prototype version will be making an appearance this month at the Japanese Formula One GP as an official car with sales starting in spring next year for Japan only.

The new Type-R sedan will be powered by a more powerful 2L i-VTEC engine, good for 220hp (164kW). Other enhancements include an adjustable sports suspension. Along with all the mechanicals, the new car will get an aggressive set of wheels and tyres plus a sporty bodykit. If performance figures of the less powerful hatch are anything to go by, the sedan Type-R should reach 60mph from rest in around 6 seconds.

Inside, the car should receive racing-style buckets lined in Alcantara, and like the hatch, a higher equipped GT version is a sure bet. Sadly, we doubt the Type-R sedan will be exported to the US; instead North America will probably receive a performance version of the Civic Si sedan that was displayed in concept form at the Chicago Auto Show.


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