Synchro Motorsport built a Honda Civic Tourer Type R.
How do you turn an economical wagon from boring into barn burner? By swapping in a hotter engine and running gear of course. That’s what a Honda-formed British racing team Synchro Motorsport did as a sort of skunk works build to not only showcase their craftsmanship but to have a practical support vehicle that just happens to be wicked fast as well. Check out a couple of photos of when they unveiled the vehicle at Castle Combe race circuit below.
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Compared to the ninth generation Honda Civic we got in the United States, the UK spec ninth-gen Civic is totally different. A bit more refined with a variety of engines, it’s a different car for a different market. The Honda Civic Tourer was introduced in 2013. Its main draws were its practicality with plenty of cargo space and fuel efficiency with its 1.6L diesel able to eke out 74 MPG from its 120 HP engine. If speed was what you wanted, you couldn’t look to the Civic Tourer for any of that.
Fortunately, Honda parts fit other chassis like legos so shoehorning the K20C1 engine from the Nurburgring Record breaking Honda Civic Type R as well as all the dampers and sway bars underneath wasn’t a matter of if but when. This Honda Civic Tourer now has close to triple the power with the aero to back it up.
Up front, Synchro Motor Sports fitted a Type R aero kit. Out back, they’ve worked and massaged the rear to make it Type R aggressive. A quad exhaust tip under a real-deal diffuser rounds everything up.
If execution is key, Synchro Motorsports have made a real winner. Even though Honda won’t actually make this one-off vehicle, it looks factory fresh. And with such a strong reception from the greater online community, it would behoove Honda to at least consider the possibility of something like this in the future.