This is a Honda Jazz Type R. Is it real? Nope. Should it be real? Er, yes. Yes, it should be.
See, the folks over here at the Top Gear office are Jazz fans. We put aside any preoccupation with being cool, and marvel at this Honda’s shamelessly boxy swagger and the monstrously clever interior housed within. It’s a genius thing.
But it’s slow. So, so slow. Injecting some VTEC turbo magic up front—perhaps not the full 316hp of the Civic Type R, though we’d be fine with anything 200hp upwards—would turn the Jazz into one of the most wonderfully, joyously unexpected hot hatches ever.
Unexpected is the key word, though. This Type R is the product of ace renderers X-Tomi Design, and unless something rather excellent is running in the water at Honda HQ when they clap eyes on it, we suspect that’s how it’ll stay. Shame.
In any case, here’s another rendering of the Jazz Type R that we came up with last year. We can all dream, right?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.