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Honda Civic Type R
The clamor had been building for years among American Honda enthusiasts for a hot, new Civic; specifically, one that says Type R on the decklid. Honda responded with the monstrous new Civic Type R — a 306-horsepower hatchback with as many angles, vents and edges as one vehicle exterior might logistically allow. Don’t think it’s all for show, though: big Brembo brakes, active aero, and an adaptive damper system helped the new Type R set a front-wheel-drive production car record at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.

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