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just read over at TOV that Honda is going to discontinue the current JDM Civic Type R or FD2 and replace it with the EDM Civic Type R or FN2...

i think that kinda sucks for the market in Japan b/c they're literally replacing the CTR with a vastly inferior model... the current US-spec Civic Si performs better than the Euro Type R... they even share a very similar engine, Si=K20Z3 - EDM-R=K20Z4...

an interesting question i have is, since they're bringing it to Japan, will the engine be replaced with the superior K20A from the outgoing CTR?? i mean 225hp/159tq with a 9k redline on a 2.0L engine is wayyyyy better than even my '06 Si had (197hp/139tq 8k redline)... i guess more info will be released later... but for now here's what was said over on the other site... said:
Date: April 18, 2010 23:42
Submitted by: Jeff
Source: Honda Japan Press Release
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With simultaneous press releases, Honda has announced the death of the FD2 Civic Type R (major sad face here - the FD2 Civic Type R is a superb machine), and a new special Limited Edition of the FN2 Civic Type R in Japan. Neither are available in the USA. You can read each of the press releases below.

Honda to Complete Production of 4-Door Civic Type R

TOKYO, Japan, April 19, 2010 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced it will discontinue production of the 4-door Civic Type R at the end of August, 2010. A purist's sports car featuring precisely tuned vehicle dynamics, the Civic Type R creates a unity between car and driver for exceptional driving pleasure. The first-generation model launched in 1997 and was produced at Suzuka Factory. The second-generation model following in 2001, was produced at Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing Ltd.* For the current, third-generation Civic Type R that was released in 2007, the production has returned to Suzuka Factory.

Type R models are specially tuned to take full advantage of the potential of the base model and provide a racing car-like driving feel. First offered on the NSX in 1992, the Type R range was added to the Integra in 1995 and to the Civic in 1997.

* Established in 1985 in Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Honda to Release Limited Edition 3-Door 2010 Civic Type R Euro in Japan in Fall of 2010

TOKYO, Japan, April 19, 2010 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced it will begin sales of a limited edition of the Civic Type R Euro, in Japan this fall. It will feature an updated exterior design for the 2010 model year. Produced in Europe, the premium 3-door sports car will build on the original styling and refined performance of its well-received predecessors.

Thanks to its combination of sophisticated design, outstanding performance and practical utility, the 2009 Civic Type R Euro has been a hit, exceeding sales of 1,850 units*1 in Japan since its release in November of last year. The Civic Type R Euro has been especially well-received by buyers in their thirties to forties, who value a sports car as part of an upscale lifestyle.

Designed for fun and exciting driving, both on and off the track, the Civic Type R Euro offers vehicle dynamics tested in a wide variety of European environments. It will continue to be produced by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing Ltd.*2 in Swindon, United Kingdom.

*1 As of March 31, 2010. Source: Japan Automobile Dealers Association.
*2 Established in Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K., in 1985.
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