As Honda quietly gears up to launch the 2016 Civic Coupe in LA next week, we turn our attention back to the Type R.
Are we in for the most popular Type R to ever come from Honda? We think so, doesn't it look great in Phoenix Yellow?
Speaking of Pheonix Yellow, back when the DC2 Integra Type R was being sold in the USA nearly 40% of them went out the door painted Pheonix Yellow.
Funny enough back when the DC2 was rolling on American roads Honda was busy selling it's most robust Type R lineup ever. The DC2 had been made available outside Japan for the first time in 1997 while Honda quietly continued to sell the DB8 4-door Integra Type R in the JDM market.
Also at that time, in the summer of '96, Honda announced that they would be offering shoppers a new EK9 Civic Hatch Type R. This was the first and only time JDM shoppers could choose between a coupe, sedan and hatchback Type R.
The DB8 never enjoyed the sales success of the EK9 and DC2 but has become quite popular in later years due to the fact that not only were they out and out Type R's they also offered a degree of practicality to the family man.
Something Honda has shown they are willing to consider, case and point, who thought Honda would sell an Si Civic sedan before it debuted?
Staying with sedans the FD2 Civic Type R Sedan sold in Japan racked up 13,000 sales from August 2007 to August 2010 when it ceased production due to emission ineligibility.
To put that in context JDM consumers gobbled up 24,000 Integra Type R coupes in the 7 years it was on sale ('95-'01).
Lastly we come to yesterday. When Honda quietly announced that they would be showing the new 2016 Coupe at the LA Auto Show next week. In typical Honda style they used some interesting language that made us go hmmm.
"The world debut of the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is the second in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic's 43-year history."
Now it's not much to go off, but we've only seen the Type R mules as hatchbacks. Is the fact that Honda lists both hatchbacks and Type R's significant?
We're not sure, but we do know that the FD2 Civic Type R sedan is one of the most desirable CTR's ever produced. So c'mon Honda please build us an FC Type R sedan, it could be the most popular one yet...