Back in the nineties, Honda was looking to rejuvenate its racing ancestry. 1990 saw the launch of their everyday supercar, the NSX, which had design input from the one and only Ayrton Senna, and featured their famed VTEC engine. Just two years later they launched a lighter, stiffer version for the Japanese market which was more at home on the track than on the road; it was named the NSX Type R (or NSX-R), and was the first road car to wear the Type R badge. In the following years the badge started appearing on a number of other models in the Honda range, including the Integra, Accord, and in 1997 the Civic EK9 (another Japan-only model). It wasn’t until 2001 that we Europeans would be able to buy a Civic Type R, and what a surprise we had in store for us.
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