In response to a Honda press launch, the primary ever Honda Civic Sort-R mannequin arrived at Japanese dealerships on August 22, 1997. It was launched as a hatchback-only model of the sixth-generation Civic. It was powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four that produced 182 horsepower which was various oomph coming from a Civic in 1997. For comparability, a base Civic hatchback on the market in america solely generated 106 horsepower.
The engine was designed particularly for the Sort-R, and no different automotive shared the identical powerplant when it was first launched. Honda pulled out all of the stops to ensure the very first Civic Sort-R was a showstopper. Given the truth that the mannequin remains to be synonymous with super-quick Civics, Honda succeeded.
Along with the high-strung engine that reached its peak horsepower at an eye-watering 8,200 rpm, the Sort-R got here customary with anti-lock brakes, a objective constructed set of tires from Potenza, and Recaro seats, to not point out an enormous wing and a bodykit for an additional aerodynamic aptitude.