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The Honda Civic Type R is still one of the hottest hot hatches right now, but over in the United Kingdom there’s something far cooler. This is the Honda Civic Tourer Type R, a wagon version built by Honda’s in-house Synchro Motorsport team, and it sports the hatch’s full running gear and all 306 horses.

Synchro Motorsport, which tackles a number of endurance races in Europe with a Civic Type R race car, is supported by Honda of the UK Manufacturing – it’s also staffed entirely (including lead driver Alyn James) by employees of the Swindon factory which builds the Type R hatch, so it’s literally a factory job. Unfortunately, it’s a one-off, and Honda has no plans to put it into production as yet.

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The Tourer Type R is just about as aggressive-looking as the hatch, sporting the pukka Type R’s deeper front apron with large air intakes, flared wheel arches, fender vents, side skirts and a massive rear diffuser with quad exhausts. Only the lack of the hatch’s massive rear wing lets the side down somewhat. The Type R’s interior addenda should also be included as well – the red bucket seats can be seen in these photos.

Everything mechanical from the Type R has been stuff under the bonnet of this Tourer, with a 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine sending 306 hp and 400 Nm straight to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. Expect the performance of the wagon to not differ greatly from the hatch’s 5.7-second 0-100 km/h time and 270 km/h top speed.


GALLERY: Honda Civic Type R at Tokyo 2015