The 2016 Honda Civic Type R should totally make it to America, because it's the tuner car with a factory warranty you've been all waiting for.

Okay, so gone are the hood vents, rear fender cutouts and the crazy tail lamp extensions that I loved on the concept version of this car. Yes, it's a real shame about the lamps, but what remained in the package still promises lots of fun.

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Honda also announced this morning that the Civic Type R will start at ÂŁ29,995 in the UK, and the upmodel GT version will start at ÂŁ32,295. That puts it about on par with the WRX STI.

Under the metal, you'll find 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque available from low down, and a dual axis strut front suspension with mechanical LSD to help the front wheels deal with all that power. The Type R is a 167 mph car, which is not half bad for a practical hatchback.

When it comes to styling, it's all about the show with this one. Red-black-white everything including the seats, buttons, belts and brake calipers. The Type R also has lots of stripes, wings, vents, a massive diffuser and a pair of dual exhaust that could be bolted on a Nissan GTR based on their diameter.

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Inside, it's the thick bucket seat experience with the familiar aluminum shifter positioned just right and a digital display telling you many things about your driving style. Those numbers shall be high.

Overall, it does feel a bit childish and plasticy, but this is a pre-production car and it's good to see Honda re-entering the game with a shout. The Ford Focus RS might be more grown up, but this is a properly angry dragon that should be able to chase it all day long.

If it makes it to America, that is.

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