We think it’s almost always good for every vehicle to have an off-road variant, because why not? That would be cool, wouldn’t it? At least that’s what we believe. Now when we talk about the Honda Civic Type R, in particular, we think the Japanese company is like-minded with us, as it has turned the model into an aggressive-looking rally machine.
So, it’s time to say hello to the rally version of the Honda Civic Type R, which broke cover last Thursday at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) test day at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. What you see here is still a prototype, but the development is going smoothly. Honda is helping UK-based Ralph Hosier Engineering in working on this unique project.
Despite its new look, the car is essentially still the standard Civic Type R. It has the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine lying under its redesigned hood. The generated output is 316 hp instead of 306, because that is the figure set by the Japanese automaker for the qualified UK version. In addition, the transmission is still the same as the regular Civic Type R, namely a 6-speed manual. It also retains the same Brembo brakes and anti-torque-steer Dual-Axis strut arrangement.
The difference begins to be noticeable when we compare height. The off-road version have grown to at least 3 inches higher than standard. The growth factor is a bespoke trailing arm mounting and modified transverse links at the rear. It’s also outfitted with large off-road tires paired to lightweight rally wheels for maximum performance in rough terrain.
The new Widebody kit with massive vented fenders looks pretty awesome on the Civic Type R. What’s more, it’s now called the Honda Civic Type OveRland, which sounds cooler too. Since this is still a prototype, we might see more changes later. And Hoosier hinted that there’s a chance this off-road model would be sold in a very limited number if there’s enough interest.