Honda Civic Type R
|Honda Civic Type R|
2007 Honda Civic Type R (FD2)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel-drive|
|Related||Honda Civic Si|
The Honda Civic Type R (Japanese: ホンダ・シビックタイプR Honda Shibikku Taipuāru) is the highest performance version of the Honda Civic made by Honda Motor Company of Japan. It features a lightened and stiffened body, specially tuned engine and upgraded brakes and chassis. Red is used in the badge interior to give it a special sporting distinction and to separate it from other Honda models. In Japan, there is a one-make series of Honda Type R cars where a privateer can purchase an off-road Type R and compete in a series championship, which is a stepping stone for many aspiring racing drivers.
- 1 MK1 Type-R (EK9 chassis) (1997–2000) (based on 6th generation Civic)
- 2 MK2 Type-R (EP3 chassis) (2001–2005) (based on 7th generation Civic)
- 3 MK3 Type-R (FD2/FN2 chassis) (2006–2011) (based on 8th generation Civic)
- 4 MK4 Type-R (FK2 chassis) (2015–2017) (based on 9th generation Civic)
- 5 MK5 Type-R (FK8 chassis) (2017–present) (based on 10th generation Civic)
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
MK1 Type-R (EK9 chassis) (1997–2000) (based on 6th generation Civic) 
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.6 L (1,595 cc) B16B I4|
|Power output||185 PS (182 bhp; 136 kW) and 160 N⋅m (118 lbf⋅ft) of torque|
|Wheelbase||2,620 mm (103 in)|
|Length||4,180.8 mm (164.6 in)k|
|Width||1,694.2 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,358.9 mm (53.5 in)|
|Curb weight||1,090 kg (2,400 lb)|
The first Civic to receive the 'Type R' name was based on the 6th-generation fan-base 'EK' Civic. The contributing base model was the JDM Civic 3-door hatchback called SiR, code named EK4. Like its big brother the Integra Type R DC2/JDM DB8, the Civic SiR's transformation into a Type R was achieved by working on the base model and improving it to Honda's idea of a car capable of high performance on the circuit.
The first Civic to receive the Type R badge was introduced in August 1997, as the EK9. The EK9 shared many characteristics with the Integra Type R DC2/ JDM DB8 such as omission of sound deadening and other weight reduction measures, a hand-ported B16B engine, front helical limited-slip differential and close ratio gearbox. The B16B engine boasted one of the highest power output per litre of all time for a naturally aspirated engine with 185 PS (136 kW; 182 bhp) at 8,200 rpm and 160 N⋅m (118 lb⋅ft) at 7,500 rpm of torque from 1.6 L (1,595 cc) of displacement. For the first time, a strategically seam welded monocoque chassis was used to improve chassis rigidity. The interior featured red seats, red door cards, red Type R floor mats, a titanium shift knob, and a Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Type Rx model was given a CD player, body coloured retractable electric door mirrors, power windows, auto air conditioning, keyless entry unlock system, aluminium sports pedals, and a carbon type centre panel.
MK2 Type-R (EP3 chassis) (2001–2005) (based on 7th generation Civic) 
|Assembly||Swindon, England (HUM)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
|Length||4,140.2 mm (163 in)|
|Width||1,694.2 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,424.9 mm (56.1 in)|
|Curb weight||1,204 kg (2,654 lb)|
In 2001 Honda introduced the next generation of the Civic Type R as a unique 3-door hatchback to the UK market, which was manufactured in Swindon, England. This European Domestic Market Civic Type R featured a 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) 2.0L i-VTEC engine (K20A2) and the regular Type R treatment of seam welding, close ratio 6-speed transmission and uprated brakes, but did not include some of the other higher-end features, such as the helical LSD and red Recaro race-seats, that were standard in the previous generation EK9. However, Honda of Japan marketed a JDM (Japanese domestic market) version of the EP3 (which was exclusively manufactured in Swindon, UK and was shipped to Japan), which retained the highly renowned helical LSD similar to that of the EK9 and red Recaro race-seats. Other differences included a more track-oriented chassis/undercarriage settings as compared to the EDM, as well as a 215 PS (158 kW; 212 hp) i-VTEC engine (K20A) had a fully balanced crankshaft assembly with different intake manifold, exhaust manifold, higher-lift camshafts, higher-compression pistons, chrome-moly flywheel and ECU programming. All of the Japan-spec K20A Type-R powertrain were built in Japan and shipped to the Swindon plant to be installed in the Japan-spec Type-R EP3. The JDM EP3 was also available in the traditional Type R championship white while the EDM was not. The EDM has more relaxed gear ratios and some high rpm torque traded for low rpm torque compared to the JDM.
In 2004 the EP3 was updated with many improvements – revised EPS with quicker steering, revised suspension settings, projector headlamps (JDM came equipped with halogens only while the EDM came with an option for HIDs with self-leveling motors), lighter clutch and flywheel assembly etc. Based on Honda literature, this facelifted (FL) model was targeted at addressing customers' and critics' feedback such as understeer on the limit (due to the front MacPherson strut setup), numb steering response and lack of low end torque.
Performance (all figures are manufacturer claims)
0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.8/6.5 seconds (JDM/EDM pre-FL), 5.8/6.4 secs (JDM/EDM FL) 0–100 mph (62 mph) in 15.1/16 secs (JDM/EDM FL) Top speed 141 mph (227 km/h) and 146 mph (235 km/h) (JDM/EDM)
Mugen Motorsports made an upgraded version of the JDM Civic Type R, with a sport exhaust system and engine tuning, special Mugen Grille, and anti-roll bars for pro racing activities.
30th Anniversary Edition
In 2003 Honda celebrated 30 years of the Civic badge by offering a special edition 30th Anniversary Civic Type R. This special edition features red bucket seats from Recaro, air conditioning, privacy glass on the rear windows, a leather MOMO steering wheel and red carpet and door cards. The 30th Anniversary models in the UK were available in Nighthawk Black, Satin Silver and Milano Red. Only 300 of these models were produced, 100 in each colour.
In 2005 Honda introduced the Premier edition which had Recaro Trendline seats (similar to those found in the Anniversary Edition, only in red and black rather than all red), a darker shade of fabric on the rear seat centre sections, a MOMO Steering Wheel, Red Carpet, Door Linings, "Type R" embossed into the front brake calipers and black privacy glass on the rear windows. Air conditioning was an option. They were available in Milano Red, Nighthawk Black, Cosmic Grey and Satin Silver.
In 2004 Honda introduced the "C Package" option (¥330,000 JPY) to Japan's Civic Type R line-up which included an additional colour, Satin Silver Metallic, HID lighting, rear privacy glass, automatic air conditioner and outside air temperature sensor.
MK3 Type-R (FD2/FN2 chassis) (2006–2011) (based on 8th generation Civic)
|Body and chassis|
The third generation Civic Type R was offered in two distinct forms: one developed for the European market and one for the Japanese domestic market, matching the availability of their regular 8th generation counterpart.
FD2 chassis (Asian version)
The Japanese market Civic Type R (FD2) went on sale on 30 March 2007. For the first time, the JDM Civic Type R was sold as a four-door sports sedan rather than a three-door hot hatch. The FD2 Type R was bigger, wider and heavier than the EP3 Type R. The wheelbase grew from 2,570 mm (101.2 in) to 2,700 mm (106.3 in), giving the FD2R more stability in high speed cornering. The Japanese model's engine output is higher than the European versions, with 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp) being developed at 8000 rpm and 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) of torque peaking at 6100 rpm (versus 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp) at 7800 rpm and 193 N⋅m (142 lb⋅ft) at 5600 rpm for the European model). The base engine itself is borrowed from the Accord Euro R CL7 with its longer intake manifold. Changes have been made to the block in terms of mounting points for ancillary parts making it different from previous K20A. New technology such as drive-by-wire throttle and porting of the intake valve ports using techniques from the NSX are implemented. Honda says mid-range is increased by 10 PS (7 kW; 10 hp). Drive is fed through a close-ratio six-speed gearbox, and a helical limited slip differential is fitted as standard. The front brake discs are 320 mm (12.6 in) diameter and fitted with four pot Brembo calipers. Tire size is 225/40 R18 running on Bridgestone Potenza RE070.
Honda claims the chassis is 50% more rigid than the previous Japan-only prefacelift DC5 Integra Type R and 25% more rigid than the previous Japan-only facelift DC5 Integra Type R, and the new model features an independent rear suspension rather than the torsion beam configuration used on the latest European Civic Type-R. To save weight, aluminium is used extensively and bonded with adhesive instead of welded. Though the chassis is larger and more rigid than JDM Integra Type R, it is only 70 kg (154 lb) heavier.
Exterior wise, the front bumper is wider and different from the standard Civic designed aerodynamically. The rear bumper features a diffuser built into the bumper and completing the aero package with a huge rear wing. Inside, the trademark black and red bucket seats are no longer made by Recaro as with previous versions, but designed in house by Honda. Also gone is the Momo made steering wheel, instead replaced by a Honda made version. The familiar red-on-black colour scheme or black-on-black scheme is offered on Championship White and Super Platinum Metallic Silver while a black-on-black scheme with red stitching is for the Vivid Blue Pearl only.
In October 2008, the Civic received a minor face lift. The standard and hybrid versions now had a similar front bumper as the Type R while the head lamps gets a smoked tint and also redesigned tail lamps changes the round insets into octagons. The Type R also received new colours, with Premium White Pearl, Premium Deep Violet Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl being added and the Vivid Blue Pearl color was dropped.
Only about 13,000 units of FD2 Civic Type R were produced until it ceased production in August 2010 due to failure to meet the upcoming emission requirements. Following the previous success following the introduction of the FN2 Civic Type R from Europe in 2009, another batch of FN2 Type R with minor updates were available in fall 2010. The FN2 Type R has 197 hp (147 kW) vs the 222 hp (166 kW) output in the FD2 Type R.
Civic Mugen RR (Honda ABA-FD2)
In addition to Civic Type R, 300 Honda Civic Mugen RR cars available exclusively in Milano Red had also been produced for Japanese market, which reduced weight to 1,255 kg (2,767 lb) using carbon fiber bumpers and aluminium for the bonnet. The engine is rated at 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) at 8000 rpm and 218 N⋅m (161 lb⋅ft) torque at 7000 rpm achieved through Mugen parts such as camshafts, exhaust system and ECU. Other exclusive items that make this a collector's item are Recaro SP-X seats and other Mugen items inside while special 18 inch Mugen 7-spoke wheels come equipped as standard. This version cost ¥4,777,500 (4,550,000+tax) (US$38,750) and went on sale in Japan on 13 September 2007.
Mugen also debuted the Civic Type-RR Experimental Spec concept car at the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon, which featured a 2157 cc K20A engine rated with horsepower of 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) at 8250 rpm and torque of 237 N⋅m (175 lb⋅ft) at 6750 rpm. Weight is further reduced using an aluminium hood (4.6 kg (10 lb)), as well as a new titanium exhaust system (7.6 kg (17 lb)). The interior was also updated with more carbon fiber parts. The car also features Intelligent-Tire Condition Monitoring System (i-TCMS) and Recaro seats.
The Honda Civic Mugen RR Advanced Concept was debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon, based on the face-lifted FD2. It has a weight of 1,095 kg (2,414 lb). Brake disc size was increased to 340 mm (13.4 in) diameter (320 mm (12.6 in) in Type R/RR).
Civic Mugen RC (2008–)
A race version called Honda Civic Mugen RC was also been produced, designed for the 2008 Honda Exciting Cup Civic One-Make Race-Civic Series. The engine is the stock K20A engine from FD2 Honda Civic Type R. It came in the following models:
- Basic: ¥6,247,500 (5,950,000+tax).
- Standard: ¥7,192,500 (6,850,000+tax). It adds racing wheel package (Mugen RC 18-inch wheel with Yokohama tire), brake package (front+rear brake pads), seat and steering (Recaro bucket seat, seat rail, steering wheel with box, TAKATA harness), carbon inner part option A (carbon fibre right floor cover panel, footrest, door lining).
- Complete: ¥7,822,500 (7,450,000+tax). It adds carbon inner part option B (carbon-fibre console box, left floor cover panel, centre pillar cover), engine package (engine rebalancing and calibration)
FN2 chassis (European version)
The European market Civic Type R is offered only as a three-door hatchback and uses a different chassis and internal layout (notably tank placement below the driver's seat), which will serve as base for the next European Jazz. The rear suspension, formerly a double wishbone setup, has been changed to a less complex torsion beam axle. The drive train is largely the same as the outgoing model, offering 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp) at 7,800 rpm and 193 N⋅m (142 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,600 rpm, with 90 percent of peak torque is available from 2,500 rpm. It runs on 225/40 R18 Y88 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres, while optional 19-inch Rage alloys run on Yokohama Advan Sport 225/35 ZR19 88Y tyres. The car has a curb weight of 1,320 kg (2,910 lb).
Type R GT includes, dual zone climate control (Left:right independent), rain sensing windscreen wipers, refrigerated glove box, automatic headlights with dusk sensor, front fog lights, power folding door mirrors, cruise control, front and rear curtain airbags. It is finished in the same four colours as the standard FN2, and a new addition the range, deep sapphire blue pearl. As often, names and trims vary even within domain markets down to local ones, and a Heritage version replaces GT version in some of them, adding Xenon/HID lights to the mix. The topping Heritage Navi version adds Bluetooth telephone system and voice recognition DVD satellite navigation. A more radical version dubbed Race differs from the Heritage by removing components (incl. HID, AC, fog lights, audio system, sound proofing, some airbags) to reduce weight as much as 40 kg (88 lb). Finally, together with the 2009 revision to all 8th generation EDM Civic variants (adding for example a USB iPod-compatible plug to the audio system), a special edition called Championship White comes in the eponymous Honda colour, with matching white 18" wheels (19" white optional). This edition adds an exclusive limited slip differential to a Heritage trim level, which Honda touted at the Paris Motor Show as helping the car shave off more than a second to its undisclosed Tsukuba lap time. Models made from 1 March 2010 had LSDs fitted as standard.
Production for the European market finished in October 2010 due to the engine not meeting Euro V emissions regulations which came into effect in 2011. Over 12,000 Civic Type Rs were sold in the UK since January 2007, Honda continued to export the car to the Australian market into 2011. It was also exported to Japan and marketed as Civic Type-R EURO in limited edition in fall 2010, following a successful run in November 2009.
Top Gear Magazine awarded the European Civic Type R its 'Hot Hatch of 2007', praising the car's controls and comparing it favourably as a driver's car to its rivals, the Stig qualifying it as 'an utter gem'. However the television show Top Gear later criticized the new FN2 Chassis version, due to the different suspension and added weight. Jeremy Clarkson said it "just doesn't feel that quick" and that "all the poise and controllability that you used to get in the old car is just sort of... gone".
The FN2 Civic Type R was available in Australia from mid-2007 until 2011.
The FD2 Civic Type R was officially launched to the Malaysian market on 2 August 2007.It was the first time Honda launch a Type R JDM outside of Japan
The FD2 sedan was initially the only model available in Japan, but as of November 2009, Honda imported the European FN2 hatchback in limited numbers (about 2,010 units), giving it the name Civic Type R EURO. A second batch of 1,500 was imported in fall 2010 due to the initial sales success, with the colour Crystal Black Pearl added.
MK4 Type-R (FK2 chassis) (2015–2017) (based on 9th generation Civic) 
|Assembly||Swindon, England (HUKM)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||2.0 L (1,996 cc) K20C1 turbocharged I4|
|Power output||310 PS (306 bhp; 228 kW) and 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) of torque|
|Wheelbase||2,594 mm (102 in)|
|Length||173 in (4,390 mm)|
|Width||74 in (1,878 mm)|
|Height||58 in (1,466 mm)|
In September 2012, there were rumours about the confirmation of the next-generation Honda Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show. A preview didn't take place until the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. It was revealed as the first factory turbocharged Civic Type R.
In January 2015, Honda announced that the production-ready model of the 4th Generation Civic Type R would debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show alongside the European debut of the NSX. In March 2015, Honda debuted the production 4th generation Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show.
Engine Performance and Specifications
The Honda Civic Type R is powered by K20C1 Direct Fuel Injection 1,996 cc (2.0 L; 121.8 cu in) turbocharged Inline-four engine with Earth Dreams Technology, producing 228 kW (310 PS; 306 bhp) at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a factory equipped plate-style limited-slip differential. Honda states that the Type R reaches 0–62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds.
The engine is manufactured at Honda's Anna Engine Plant in Ohio before being exported to the UK.
A full refill of an empty fuel tank is 50 L (13 US gal) and fuel consumption is 30.1/46.3 mpg and 38.7 mpg combined. Combined CO2 is 170g/km and the Civic Type R has achieved Euro 6 Emission Standard.
The Civic Type R is equipped with dual front airbags, front side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. For braking performance, it is fitted with front brake of 13.8 inch vented and drilled disk and rear brake of 12 inch solid disk. Anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, hill start assist, and vehicle stability assist are standard across the variants.
The Civic Type R FK2 was available in a range of five different colours.
|Crystal Black Pearl||NH731P|
|Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic||B593M|
|Polished Metal Metallic||NH737M|
The final 100 FK2 Type Rs were released only in the UK as Black Editions.
The British got to witness its sale as of July 2015 with price tags of GBP 29,995 for the base Type R model and £32,295 for the Type R GT model. Although they both were priced differently, differences are limited to additional equipment and amenities. Key specifications related to power figures remain the same for both variants.
The 2016 Honda Civic Type R was sold in Hong Kong through official dealerships. Import car dealers were also offering grey market Japanese FK2 imports. Due to strong demand, FK2s reserved through official dealers had a car delivery wait time of 4 months.
MK5 Type-R (FK8 chassis) (2017–present) (based on 10th generation Civic) 
|Assembly||Swindon, England (HUKM)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||2.0 L (1,996 cc) K20C1 turbo I4|
|Power output||America & Asia: 310 PS (306 bhp; 228 kW); Europe & Japan: 320 PS (316 bhp; 235 kW)|
and 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) of torque
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106 in)|
|Length||4,557 mm (179 in)|
|Width||1,877 mm (74 in)|
|Height||1,434 mm (56 in)|
The Civic Type R Prototype was unveiled in September 2016 at the Paris Motor Show, and the production version unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the model’s European launch in the summer. The new car builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks.
The design is based on the Civic hatchback, with a winged carbon fibre splitter with red accent line, slatted ducts, diamond-mesh air intakes, red 'H' badge above a new air vent at the nose of the car, new intake on the bonnet, an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess, smoked lenses for the LED headlights and indicators and side repeaters, carbon fibre side skirts, 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents, 245/30 R20 high-performance tyres, enlarged wheel arches, carbon fibre diffuser runs below the wider rear bumper, 3 tailpipes with a pair of directional strakes at each side, central tailpipe in bright metallic red, unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards.
The Civic Type R went on sale in the United States on 14 June 2017, marking the first time the Civic Type R name was sold in the U.S market. It comes with a starting price of $33,900 and is available in 5 colors.
In the UK, Civic Type R demonstrator models were available for consumer test drives in August 2017, with official delivery and sale dates coinciding with national vehicle registration plate changes on 1 September. The base model was available at launch for £30,995, with the more optioned GT model retailing for £32,995.
The Civic Type R was launched in Indonesia during the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show on 10 August 2017, with a starting price of IDR 995 million (around US$74,500 as of August 2017) at selected Honda dealers.
In Singapore, the Civic Type R was officially launched by the local distributor on 27 July 2017 in limited numbers.
In Malaysia, the Civic Type R was launched on October 2017 during the Malaysia Autoshow with a price of RM320,000.
The FK8 Civic Type R has won many accolades and awards. It was crowned Top Gear Magazines Hot Hatch of the Year 2017, it was also voted International Editors’ Choice and overall Car of the Year 2017. 
|Exterior Colors||Honda Civic Type R (FK8)|
|Crystal Black Pearl||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic||✘||✔||✘||✔|
|Aegean Blue Metallic||✘||✘||✔||✘|
|Polished Metal Metallic||✘||✘||✔||✔|
|Sonic Grey Pearl||✘||✘||✘||✔|
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