Originally Posted by kevin_lufc
What is it and "white" being the colour for the type-r?
To look at from a distance the type-r would look just like a normal 5 door civic ( getting closer to it would show it as being a bit different). So the question I am going to ask is would anyone have choosen white for there civic if it was offered?
I have owned a white car before and wouldnt touch one even if it was draped with all the girls from the Playboy mansion....lol
Ok, I wouldnt have bought a white 5 door but to understand white being the colour of choice for the Type-R you have to understand the "concept" of the original "Type-R" breed.
But to put it simply, the original Type-R's (and the Jap only models) were all white for a simple reason..... weight saving!!
White paint is far lighter than coloured paint (yes really, Honda saved quite a bit of weight with this simple measure) and the Type-R was all about "adding lightness", to use a Colin Chapmanism. The original cars were always only available in White and white only (With lightweight glass all round, no sound proofing, no stereo etc etc), it was only with the latter European Civic's and European DC2 integra's that a couple of other colour options were added along with things like stereo's Air con etc.
Over the latter years, mainly in the UK, people have bought the Type-R's just to get the fancy badge and bodykit and to boast about having the top of the range. Sad behaviour.
Its also really sad that Honda "Championship white" might not be available, thats Honda Europe making a mistake in my mind. I would put good money that the Japanese market Type-R when launched will be available in White, and be more of a focused street car with very little in the way of frills (just look at the last of the line Japan only DC5 Integra's, rock hard suspension, loud and uncompromising, but rated as fantastic fast cars for road and track). In fact I wouldnt be surprised if they launch the American market coupe as a Type-R (Maybe a DC6?)
A Type-R in a fancy metallic colour is not in keeping with the concept of a light weight screaming "street weapon" (How the Type-R was once desribed in Japan when it first launched all those years ago).
White is the choice of those who "understand" what "Type-R" stands for
(If I bought one the interior options would be as basic spec as possible through choice)