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Honda Civic Type R
2007 Honda Civic TypeR 01.JPG
2007 Honda Civic Type R (FD2)
Body and chassis
ClassSport compact
Body style3-door hatchback (1997–2011)
5-door hatchback (2015–present)
4-door sedan (2006–2011; FD2 Only)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedHonda Civic Si

The Honda Civic Type R (Japanese: ホンダ・シビックタイプR, Honda Shibikku Taipuāru) is the high performance version of the Honda Civic compact car. It features a lightened and stiffened body, specially tuned engine, offered only in five- or six-speed manual transmission, and upgraded brakes and chassis. Red is used in the Honda badge background to give it a special sporting distinction and to separate it from other models.

EK9 (1997–2000) (based on 6th generation Civic) [edit]

First generation (EK9)
Honda civic ek9 typer 1 f (cropped).jpg
AssemblySuzuka, Japan
Body and chassis
Body style3-door hatchback
Engine1.6 L (1,595 cc) B16B I4
Power output185 PS (136 kW; 182 hp) and 160 N⋅m (118 lbf⋅ft)
Transmission5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,620 mm (103.1 in)
Length4,180.8 mm (164.6 in)
Width1,694.2 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,358.9 mm (53.5 in)
Curb weight1,090 kg (2,403 lb)
Rear view

The first Civic to receive the 'Type R' name plate was based on the 6th-generation of the fan-base 'EK' Civic. The contributing base model was the JDM Civic 3-door hatchback called the SiR (code named EK4). Like its sibling, 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 a Close-ratio transmission. 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 hp) 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 RECARO bucket seats, red door cards, red Type R floor mats, a titanium shift knob, and a Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel. The EK9 was only available for sale in Japan.[1][2]

Performance figures include a 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) acceleration time of 6.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.3 seconds. The EK9 could attain a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).[3]


In 1998, the Civic Type R Motor Sports edition was introduced. It came with steel wheels, the standard grey EK interior, manual windows, no a/c and without any other creature comforts.

The Type Rx model introduced in 1999 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. The Type Rx was the final model of the EK9 generation. Production of the EK9 Civic Type R totalled 16,000 units.[4]

In 1999, Honda tuning company Spoon Sports designed a N1 racing version of the Type R that had the B16B engine redline increased from 8,400 rpm to 11,000 rpm.[5]

EP3 (2001–2005) (based on 7th generation Civic) [edit]

Second generation (EP3)
2005 Honda Civic Type-R 2.0 Front.jpg
AssemblySwindon, England (HUM)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door hatchback
Power output
  • K20A: 215 PS (158.1 kW; 212.1 hp)
  • K20A2: 200 PS (147.1 kW; 197.3 hp)
Transmission6-speed manual
Length4,140.2 mm (163 in)
Width1,694.2 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,424.9 mm (56.1 in)
Curb weight1,204 kg (2,654 lb)
Rear view

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) 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine (K20A2) and the regular Type R treatment of seam welding, close ratio 6-speed transmission and upgraded 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 on the EK9.

Civic Type R (EP3) (JDM)

However, Honda 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 of the JDM model included a more track-oriented chassis/undercarriage settings as compared to the European model as well as a more powerful engine having a power output of 215 PS (158 kW; 212 hp) (designated 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 powertrains 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.[6][7]

In 2003, 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.[8]

Performance (all figures are manufacturer claims)

  • 0–97 km/h (60 mph) in 5.8/6.5 seconds (JDM/EDM Pre-facelift), 5.8/6.4 seconds (JDM/EDM Facelift)
  • 0–161 km/h (100 mph) in 15.1/16 secs (JDM/EDM Facelift)
  • Top speed 227 km/h (141 mph) and 235 km/h (146 mph) (JDM/EDM)

Note: JDM (Japanese Domestic Model), EDM (European Domestic Model).

Mugen Motorsports developed 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.[9]

30th Anniversary Edition[edit]

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, red interior 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.[10]

Premier Edition[edit]

In 2005 towards the end of the EP3's production run, Honda introduced the Civic Type R 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.[10]

C Package[edit]

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.[11]

Last year of production[edit]

For the last production year (2005), the EP3 Type R was offered in Vivid Blue Pearl for the European Market. A total of 132 EP3's, which were all left hand drive, were produced in Vivid Blue Pearl.

2005 Honda Civic EP3 Type R in Vivid Blue Pearl

Sales figures

Country: Units sold:
Finland 17
Spain 12
Russia 3
Switzerland 51
Lithuania 4
Latvia 1
Sweden 43
Estonia 1

FD2/FN2 (2007–2011) (based on 8th generation Civic)[edit]

Third generation (FN2/FD2)
2008 Honda Civic Type-R 2.0 Front.jpg
FD2 version
2007-2010 Honda Civic Type R 3-door hatchback 01.jpg
FN2 version
Body and chassis
Body style
  • 4-door saloon (FD2)
  • 3-door hatchback (FN2)
Power output
  • K20A: 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp)
  • K20Z4: 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp)
Transmission6-speed manual
  • Hatchback: 2,620 mm (103.1 in)
  • Saloon: 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
  • Hatchback: 4,269.7 mm (168.1 in)
  • Saloon: 4,539.0 mm (178.7 in)
  • Hatchback: 1,785.6 mm (70.3 in)
  • Saloon: 1,770.4 mm (69.7 in)
  • Hatchback: 1,445.3 mm (56.9 in)
  • Saloon: 1,430.0 mm (56.3 in)
Curb weight
  • Hatchback: 1,320 kg (2,910 lb)
  • Saloon: 1,260 kg (2,778 lb)

The third generation of the Civic Type R was offered in two distinct models: one developed one for the Japanese domestic market and the other for UK and international markets each matching the availability of their regular 8th generation counterparts.

FD2 (Japanese version)[edit]

Honda Civic Type R (FD2) rear

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 saloon rather than a three-door hatchback. 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 FD2 more stability during high speed cornering. The Japanese model's engine power output is higher than the European versions, with 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp) being generated at 8,000 rpm and 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) of torque peaking at 6,100 rpm (versus 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp) at 7,800 rpm and 193 N⋅m (142 lb⋅ft) at 5,600 rpm for the European model). Honda quoted that mid-range is increased by 10 PS (7 kW; 10 hp). Power is sent to the front wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual 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 piston Brembo calipers. The car is fitted with Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres having size of 225/40 R18.

Honda claims the chassis is 50% more rigid than the previous Japan-only pre-facelift DC5 Integra Type R and 25% more rigid than the previous Japan-only facelift DC5 Integra Type R. The FD2 features an independent rear suspension rather than the torsion beam configuration used on the FN2 Type-R.[12] To save weight, aluminium is used extensively and bonded with adhesive instead of welded. Though the chassis is larger and more rigid than the JDM Integra Type R, it is 70 kg (154 lb) heavier.[13]


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 a large rear wing completes the aero package. 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 Type R received new colours, those being Premium White Pearl, Premium Deep Violet Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl. The Vivid Blue Pearl colour was dropped.

In back to back tests, the Civic Type R (FD2) was on average 1 second quicker than the Integra Type-R (DC5) at the Tsukuba Circuit and four seconds faster at the longer Suzuka Circuit.[13]

In a back to back test on the United Kingdom TV program Fifth Gear, the FD2 Type-R was three seconds quicker than the equivalent FN2 UK version around Castle Combe Circuit in wet conditions. However, the FN2 managed a 13.1 second quarter mile pass at Killarney Raceway.[14]

Approximately 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 due to the introduction of the FN2 Civic Type R from Europe in 2009, another batch of FN2 Type R with minor updates were available in Japan from fall 2010. However, the engine was the same K20ZA straight-4 as used in the European version.[15]

Civic Mugen RR (Honda ABA-FD2)[edit]

Honda Civic Mugen RR in Japan

In addition to Civic Type R, 300 units of 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 fibre bumpers and aluminium for the bonnet. The engine is rated at 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 218 N⋅m (161 lb⋅ft) torque at 7,000 rpm achieved through Mugen parts such as camshafts, exhaust system and ECU. Other exclusive items include Recaro SP-X racing bucket seats and other Mugen items on the interior while special 18 inch Mugen 7-spoke wheels come equipped as standard. It went on sale in Japan on 13 September 2007.[16]

Mugen also debuted the Civic Type-RR Experimental Spec concept car at the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon, which featured a 2,157 cc (2.2 L) K20A engine rated at 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) at 8250 rpm and torque of 237 N⋅m (175 lb⋅ft) at 6,750 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.[17]

The Honda Civic Mugen RR Advanced Concept was debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon, based on the face-lifted FD2. It has a dry weight of 1,095 kg (2,414 lb).[18] Brake disc size was increased to 340 mm (13.4 in) diameter (as compared to 320 mm (12.6 in) in Type R/RR).[19]

Civic Mugen RC (2008)[edit]

Honda Civic Mugen RC

A race version called Honda Civic Mugen RC was developed by Mugen for the 2008 Honda Exciting Cup Civic One-Make Race-Civic Series.[20] The engine is the stock K20A engine from FD2 Honda Civic Type R. It came in the following models with the following prices:

  • Basic: ¥6,247,500 (5,950,000+tax).
  • Standard: ¥7,192,500 (6,850,000+tax). It adds a 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)[21]

The Civic Mugen RC was built in Mugen's M-TEC factory.[22]

FN2 (European and international version)[edit]

Civic Type R (FN2)

The European and international 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 the base for the next European version of the Jazz. The rear suspension, formerly a double wishbone setup, was changed to a less complex torsion beam axle. The drive train is largely the same as the predecessor, offering 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp) at 7,800 rpm and 193 N⋅m (142 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,600 rpm,[23] with 90 percent of peak torque is available from 2,500 rpm.[24] The car is fitted with 225/40 R18 Y88 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres, while optional 19-inch Rage alloys fitted with Yokohama Advan Sport 225/35 ZR19 88Y tyres were also available. The car has a kerb weight of 1,320 kg (2,910 lb).[25]


Type R GT
The Type R GT trim 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 wing mirrors, cruise control, front and rear curtain airbags. It is finished in the same four colours as the standard FN2, and a new colour called Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl added to the colours offered.

Type R Heritage
As often, names and trims vary even within domain markets down to local ones, and a Heritage trim replaces the GT version in some of them, adding Xenon/HID lights to the mix. The Heritage's infotainment system version adds Bluetooth telephone system and voice recognition DVD satellite navigation.

Type R Race
A more radical trim dubbed Race differs from the Heritage by removing components (incl. HID, AC, fog lights, audio system, soundproofing, some airbags) to reduce weight as much as 40 kg (88 lb).

Type R (Aust)
The Type R (Australasia) trim includes dual-zone climate control (Left:right independent), rain-sensing windscreen wipers, refrigerated glove box, front fog lights, power-folding wing mirrors, cruise control, CD/radio/apple integration, front and rear curtain airbags. It is finished in the same four colours as the Euro standard FN2.

Models made from 1 March 2010 had LSDs fitted as standard.

Production for the European market ended 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.[26]


Top Gear Magazine awarded the European Civic Type R its 'Hot Hatch of 2007',[27] 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'.[28] 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.[24]

In Singapore, the FN2 Civic Type R Hatchback (European version) was sold by authorized dealer,[29] while the FD2 sedan was sold through parallel importers.[30]

The FD2 Civic Type R was officially launched in the Malaysian market on 2 August 2007. It was the first time Honda launched a Type R JDM outside of Japan[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Exterior Colors

(paint code)


Mugen RR


Mugen R

Championship White (NH0)
Nighthawk Black Pearl (B92P)
Milano Red (R81)
Alabaster Silver (NH700M)
Deep Bronze Pearl (YR571P)
Vivid Blue Pearl (B520P)
Premium Deep Violet Pearl (PB83P)
Super Platinum Metallic Silver (NH704M)
Premium White Pearl (NH624P)
Crystal Black Pearl (NH731P)

FK2 (2015–2017) (based on 9th generation Civic) [edit]

Fourth generation (FK2)
Honda Civic Type R (FK2).jpg
AssemblySwindon, England (HUKM)
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
Engine2.0 L (1,996 cc) K20C1 turbocharged I4
Power output310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp)
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,594 mm (102.1 in)
Length4,390 mm (172.8 in)
Width1,878 mm (73.9 in)
Height1,466 mm (57.7 in)
Honda Civic Type R concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

In September 2012, there were rumours about the confirmation of the next-generation of the Honda Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show.[31] A preview didn't take place until the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014.[32]


Rear view (production version)

In January 2015, Honda announced that the production-ready model of the fourth Generation of the Civic Type R (called the FK2) would debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show held in March alongside the European debut of the NSX. It is the first factory turbocharged Civic Type R.[33]


Engine Performance and Specifications[edit]

The FK2 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, having a power output of 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) 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 claimed that the Type R can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds. The engine is manufactured at Honda's Anna Engine Plant in Ohio before being exported to the UK.[34]

The fuel tank has a capacity of 50 L (13 US gal) and fuel consumption is 30.1/46.3 mpg and 38.7 mpg (combined). Combined CO2 emission is 170g/km and the car has achieved Euro 6 Emission Standard.[citation needed]

Safety Features[edit]


The Civic Type R is equipped with dual front airbags, front side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. Larger brakes are fitted for improved stopping power with front brakes having 351 mm (13.8 in) ventilated and drilled discs and rear brakes having 305 mm (12 in) solid discs. Anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, hill start assist, and vehicle stability assist are standard.

Available Colors[edit]

Name Color Paint Code
Championship White Honda Championship White.jpg NH0
Crystal Black Pearl Honda Crystal Black Pearl.jpg NH731P
Milano Red Honda Milano Red.jpg R81
Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic Honda Brilliant Sporty Blue.jpg B593M
Polished Metal Metallic Honda Polished Metal.jpg NH737M

Special Editions[edit]

Mugen Type R concept[edit]

Mugen Civic Type R concept

Introduced at the 2016 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mugen Civic Type R is an aerodynamic package for the Civic Type R. The package includes an adjustable front lip spoiler, front canards, side skirts and a rear diffuser. The rear wing has been replaced with a GT style fixed rear wing. These elements are made from carbon fibre, a carbon fibre hood was also included as an option. There were no changes made to the drivetrain although a new exhaust system having a single exhaust pipe instead of quad was fitted.[35]

Special Editions[edit]

Civic Type R White Edition

The Black Edition marked the end of the production of the FK2 Civic Type R. Based on the GT Trim Type R, notable features include black exterior paint with red accents, black interior with red stitching and red brake calipers. Production was limited to 100 units in UK.[36]

In other countries of Europe a White Edition was also released, still based on the GT Trim Type R, similar to Black Edition but with white accents.[37]


United Kingdom[edit]

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.[38]


In July 2015, Swindon, England (HUM) started exporting the FK2 Civic Type R to Japan, making it the third Civic Type R to be exported there. However, only 750 units were exported.[39]

FK8 (2017–present) (based on 10th generation Civic) [edit]

Fifth generation (FK8)
2018 Honda Civic GT Type R VTEC 2.0 Front.jpg
AssemblySwindon, England (HUKM)
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
Engine2.0 L (1,996 cc) K20C1 turbocharged I4
Power output
  • America, Africa and Asia: 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp)
  • Europe and Japan: 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp)
Transmission6-speed manual with rev-match control
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,557 mm (179.4 in)
Width1,877 mm (73.9 in)
Height1,434 mm (56.5 in)
Honda Civic Type R prototype at the 2017 Osaka Auto Messe

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. The new car builds on Honda's heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks.[40][41]


Rear view (production model)

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 air intake on the bonnet, an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess, smoked lenses for the LED headlights, 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, a carbon fibre diffuser which runs below the wider rear bumper, 3 tailpipes with a pair of directional strakes at each side, central tailpipe in bright metallic red and unique peaks at the roof flanks that point backwards.

Engine and other specifications[edit]

The FK8 Civic Type R uses the same engine, a turbocharged inline-4, from its predecessor but power has increased to 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) in the European and Japanese version but remains the same 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) in other markets. The engine is mated to a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission continuing the tradition of its predecessors with limited slip differential as standard. The aerodynamic elements increase downforce even further as compared to the outgoing model. The FK8 has a top speed of 272 km/h (169 mph) making it the fastest Civic Type R model to date.[42]

In back to back testing involving a FK8 and FK2 Type R, the reviewers praised the FK8's comfortable ride and feedback and criticised the FK2's harsh ride on the road and worse handling when the R+ driving mode was activated. The reviewers also complained about the FK2's interior being dated but stated that this was due to the model's late arrival at the end of the base model's production run.[43]

Interior and safety features[edit]


The interior of the Type R is based on the base model Civic and has a low driving position with the gear shift lever positioned high in order to allow for easy gear changes. The interior has red and black colour as standard with sports seats along with carbon fibre trim. The driver's seat and the steering wheel are adjustable. A reversing camera is standard for easier rear visibility while reversing while parking sensors are standard in the GT Trim. The interior although lauded for its comfortability and user friendliness is criticised for its infotainment system which has been described as slow and difficult to operate. The fit and finish is considered to be in particular with its competitors. Safety features include automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and automatic high beam assistance which are carried over from the base Civic. The GT trim adds blindspot monitoring and cross traffic alert, parking sensors at the front and rear, dual-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors and infotainment upgrades that include wireless phone charging and in-built sat-navigation along with a more powerful 11-speaker stereo. The Type R earned a Euro NCAP 5 star crash test rating.[42]


On 3 April 2017, the pre-production Type R achieved a lap time of 7:43.80 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, almost 7 seconds faster than its predecessor, setting a new record for front-wheel drive cars.[44] The car also set new front-wheel drive lap records at the Magny-Cours, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Estoril, Hungaroring and Mount Panorama circuits.[45][46] The Nürburgring record was broken by the Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R in July 2019 which set a time of 7:40.10,[47] but in 2020 the Limited Edition Civic Type R broke the Mégane's front-wheel drive lap record at the Suzuka Circuit by one and a half seconds.[48]


United States[edit]

The Civic Type R went on sale in the United States on 14 June 2017, marking the first time the Civic Type R was officially sold in the U.S market.[49][50]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the UK, the Civic Type R 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.[51]


The FK8 Civic Type R went on sale in Australia in September 2017. Only one trim level was available about midway between the EDM Touring and GT specification. Citing lower access to high octane fuels the engine was only offered in the 306 bhp tune. On the road cost without any options was approximately $53K.


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 Rp 995 million at selected Honda dealers.[52]

Malaysia and Singapore[edit]

In Singapore, the Civic Type R was officially launched by Kah Motor on 27 July 2017 in limited numbers.[53]

In Malaysia, the Civic Type R was launched on October 2017 during the Malaysia Autoshow with a price of RM320,000.[54]


In Thailand, the Civic Type R was launched in 2018 with a price of ฿ 4,600,000 and only 4 units.


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. What Car? also awarded the Type R its Hot Hatch of the Year award.[55][42]

Available colors[edit]

Exterior Colors Availability Note
Canada Japan U.S. E.U. Malaysia Indonesia
Championship White
Crystal Black Pearl
Flame Red
Rallye Red ✔ (2018)
Aegean Blue Metallic
Boost/Racing Blue Pearl ✔ (2020) ✔ (2020) ✔ (2020) ? ? ?
Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic
Polished Metal Metallic ✔ (2021) ✔ (2020)
Sonic Grey Pearl ✔ (2019) ✔ (2019)
Phoenix Yellow ✔ (2020) ✔ (2020) ✔ (2020) ✔ (2020) Limited Edition

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