Honda made some big announcements earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. First was the introduction of the Civic concept, which previews the next-generation model due out later this year. More intriguing for Civic fans, however, was Honda's confirmation that the Civic Type-R would be coming to the U.S. in the near future. This piece of forbidden fruit has been one of the cornerstones of high-performance, front-wheel drive vehicles - and previously off-limits to North American buyers. The latest version packs a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 305 horsepower and purportedly clocked a 7:50 lap time at the famed Nürburgring racetrack.
The journey to the Civic Type R was a long and arduous one. In celebration of its impending arrival, we're taking a look back at its gradual evolution.