While most would find the Civic Type R’s aggressive styling very appealing, some might find it a bit too much. In particular, the big rear wing which makes it stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, Honda now has a variant of the FK8 which makes it a lot more sedate and more comfortable, and the result is the Civic Type R Sport Line.
The biggest change to the Sport Line would be the lack of the Type R’s signature rear wing. In place of the big wing is a more subdued low-deck rear spoiler. The rest of the body is still proper Type R featuring the aggressive bumper, wider fenders, and triple exhaust tip.
Other changes made to the FK8’s exterior include smaller 19-inch wheels with new V-shaped spokes as opposed to the 20-inch units. It is also wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires which helps create a softer ride. There’s also extra sound deadening to help reduce noise and vibration in the cabin. It’s the direct opposite of the track-oriented Phoenix Yellow Civic Type R Limited Edition.
Keen-eyed Honda enthusiasts will notice that there is now a gray accent line along the lower edge of the body. For comparison, the standard Type R with a big wing and 20-inch wheels has a red accent all around.
The changes don’t stop on the outside. Inside, the seats are now finished in black upholstery with red contrast stitching as opposed to the full-red seats of the standard Type R. Meanwhile, the steering wheel is now upholstered in Alcantara. A new shift knob has been fitted in place too.
Despite the more sedate look, it is still a Type R under the hood. Power the Sport Line is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder K20 engine which produces 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual is still the only available transmission as well.
At the moment, the Civic Type R Sport Line is only available in Europe. There is no word whether it will be offered in other regions. Hopefully, we do get to see this in the Philippines.