2015 Honda Civic Type R Euro Spec 02
He may run an enormous auto company, but Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo doesn’t currently own a car. In fact, he told Automotive News that he won’t bother buying a new car until a very special one is ready in Honda’s own stable. “There is a model I want, which will, as I have told you, be launched this autumn,” Hachigo told reporters in Japan. “I want to buy the Civic Type R.” Hachigo, who took over as CEO of Honda Motor Co. earlier this year, said he misses driving but is waiting for the new high-performance model. For now, he rides a Honda motorcycle and his wife reportedly drives a Honda N-One kei car hatchback. “I joined Honda because I loved cars and driving,” Hachigo said. He has worked for Honda since 1982 and, among many other projects, was assistant chief engineer for the 1999 Honda Odyssey. The Honda Civic Type R is the highest-performing version of the company’s hatchback, with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine sending 305 hp to the front wheels. With a top speed of 167 mph and myriad upgrades to its brakes and suspension, the Civic Type R lapped Germany’s famous Nürburgring in just 7 minutes, 50 seconds, a record for a front-wheel-drive car. While for now the Honda Civic Type R is only available overseas, officials have confirmed that the riotous sport compact will soon come to the U.S. market.