I like the Civic and I really like the Type R, but there’s something about making a wingless version that feels off. The Type R has been pretty outlandish in terms of styling for the sake of precision aerodynamics, so to remove one of its most iconic features doesn’t seem right. It’s only for the European market so maybe the massive wing was a little too ostentatious? But it just doesn’t look like a Type R anymore.
Yes, it will have all the extra go-faster bits and the 306 hp but it looks like an Si. I’m no expert on the Honda subculture but I would imagine it’s similar to the Evo and STi where the distinction between the top and bottom trim is pretty polarizing. I have no doubt that they created it due to consumer demand but I wouldn’t be looking to buy a Type R if it didn’t have the look-at-me wing.
— Top Gear (@BBC_TopGear) February 20, 2020
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