Honda's 8th Gen Civic spawned their 3rd Gen Type-R, available in two forms for either the domestic market (FD2) or European wide (FN2).
The previous generation's 2 litre 4 cyl remained, with the same 200hp output. This was poor even by the standards of the day, with a disappointing 142 lbft of torque being the major downfall of Honda failing to adopt turbo charging like their rivals.
However, the Type-R's styling looked modern, with it's wrap round headlights, aggressive body kit and integrated boot lid spoiler, not to mention the excellent digital dashboard (but don't mention the gharish red seats). GT trim added dual zone air con, auto lights and wipers, electric folding mirrors and cruise control.
Sadly, Honda pulled the plug on the Type-R in 2010, due to it's failure to meet Euro-5 emissions standards, although it continued in Australia for another year. There would be another 4 years wait until it's 4th Gen turbo charged replacement.