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Honda Civic Type-R family tree

With the news that Honda is planning a new turbocharged Civic Type-R for 2015, we take a look at all the Type-Rs that have come before

As of August 2010, Honda announced that it would no longer offer the Civic Type-R due to increasingly strict emission controls in Europe. The Japanese manufacturer went longer than most, continuing to offer a high-performance normally-aspirated hot-hatch.

For many Type-R fans it represented the end on an era, but recently Honda has announced that it is preparing to fight back, with a new turbocharged Civic Type-R in 2015 - which the company claims will be 'the fastest front-wheel-drive car to lap the Nurburgring’.

The legend of the Type-R started back in 1992, when a stripped out, lightened Honda NSX was created for a very limited number of customers. This very first Type-R model was intended to be used on track only, but it was the foundation for a range of high-performance road cars with the introduction of the Integra in 1995.

evo has in the past named the DC2 Integra as the greatest front-wheel-drive performance car of all time, and it certainly introduced the Honda brand to a younger generation of buyers in the UK. The 2001 Civic Type-R was arguably the most important, as it proved that Type-Rs could be built and sold in larger quantities, without compromising the company's ethos.

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(1992) Honda NSX Type-R
Honda Integra Type-R (DC2)
Honda Civic Type-R (EK9)
Honda Accord Type-R
1. (1992) Honda NSX Type-R

A stripped out interior and track focussed suspension made this one hardcore NSX.

2. Honda Integra Type-R (DC2)

The car that introduced the Type-R name in Europe, gaining cult status almost immediately.

3. Honda Civic Type-R (EK9)

The EK9 boasted one of the best specific outputs of the time, pushing 183bhp from a 1.6 N/A engine.

4. Honda Accord Type-R

Built in the UK, the Accord was slightly less focussed, but just as quick as previous Type-Rs.

Honda Accord Euro R
Honda NSX-R
Civic Type-R
Honda Integra Type-R (DC5)
5. Honda Accord Euro R

The Japan-only model was based on a different chassis, and produced 217bhp. LSD as standard.

6. Honda NSX-R

Honda continued to fettle the NSX for many years, and the R was the most extreme and focussed incarnation.

7. Civic Type-R

Honda's Type-R went mainstream, losing the LSD but gaining huge European popularity.

8. Honda Integra Type-R (DC5)

Not offered in Europe, the 217bhp DC5 was the last Integra model ever sold.

Civic Type-R
Honda Civic Type-R (FD2)
Civic Type-R Championship White edition
Civic Type-R Mugen
9. Civic Type-R

The last of the normally aspirated Type-R models, Honda killed the euro Type-R in August 2010 due to tightening emissions.

10. Honda Civic Type-R (FD2)

Japanese-market Type-R. Complete with more sophisticated rear suspension than the UK equivalent.

11. Civic Type-R Championship White edition

The standard Type-R with a snazzy white paint finish and LSD. Boy, what a difference that made...

12. Civic Type-R Mugen

Mugen strapped a supercharger to the VTEC engine with some epic (256bhp) results.