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Honda's second-gen Civic Type R hits Europe

When the second-generation Honda Civic Type R landed, it featured the expected Type R goodies such as a massaged drivetrain, improved suspension and weight saving measures. The big change here was it would go on sale outside of Japan.

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Honda spread the Civic Type R love with the debut of the second-gen model, sold both in Japan and Europe.

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The second-gen Civic Type R debuted the K-series engine in Honda's Type R series. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine 197 horsepower for European models.

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For the Japanese market, the 2.0-liter engine produced 217 horsepower.

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The only transmission available in the Civic Type R was a six-speed manual.

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Chassis, suspension and brake upgrades were included, but goodies like a limited-slip differential weren't included on European models.

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Japanese spec models did receive the limited-slip diff, along with a more potent 217-horsepower engine with a balanced crankshaft, different cams, intake manifold and exhaust manifold.

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On the outside, the Civic Type R gets special bumpers, side sills and rear wing.

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There's a three-spoke, leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel.

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The K-Series four-cylinder heart of the Honda Civic Type R.

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Recaro bucket seats keep front passengers locked down during hard driving. Click through for a bunch more photos from Honda, and check out the article below for the history of the Type R.

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