We make no apologies for not being thrilled with the current Honda Civic’s look since its introduction a few years ago. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worst, we saw this: a wide-bodied, lifted Honda Civic Type R dubbed Honda Civic Type OveRland. Love the name play there, “Overland” with with a capitalized ‘R’ pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?
TBH, I am finding hard to accept the look initially. It looked… weird. Almost wacky. Apparently, the car was unveiled on May 23 at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Test Day at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, England. The car was said to be “still under development” at Ralph Hosier Engineering.
It retains the standard Type R’s 2L VTEC turbo unit and most part of the original Type R’s factory suspension – saved for the obvious increased in height it now rocks. The ride height is now three inches higher over the stock form. Completing the off-road package is a set of rally-derived, lightweight wheels wrapped in fat 255/55/18 BF Goodrich tires.
Honestly, a taller Honda Civic, or in this case, a Type R, is not for everyone and the exaggerated wide-body kit with copious amount of vents isn’t a magnet for likes either. I mean, it feels like there are too many things going there. Though I have to admit, after having more looks at it, it kind of started to grow on me. Now, all it need is neat, Dakar Rally livery.
According to Jalopnik, Honda claims the Honda Civic Type OveRland as a “concept,” but the tuner behind it did have plan for “one-off versions” for “discerning customers.” Like I have said, its look is not for everyone and Honda is absolutely spot on to say for “discerning customers.”