The Honda Civic Type R is a three-door hatchback and was based on the sixth-generation fan base of the EK Civic, a JDM Civic 3-door hatchback called the SiR code-named EK4. It is the high-performance version of the Civic and used red in the Honda badge background to give a sporting impression and to separate it from other models.
Exterior and Interior
The first generation was introduced in August 1997, also known as the EK9, and was only available in Japan. The interior is featured with a titanium shift knob, a “Type R” badge on the floor mats, red door card trims, MOMO leather-wrapped steering wheel, red Recaro seats, power steering, and driver and passenger airbag.
The Civic Type R Motor Sports edition was released in 1998. It was a lightweight edition with a standard grey EK interior, manual windows, steel wheel, and without other comfort features to save weight. In 1999, the Type Rx model was introduced with slightly advanced features compared to the Type R Motor Sports. It comes with electric retractable door mirrors, air conditioning, CD player, keyless entry unlock system, carbon type center panel, power windows, and aluminum sports pedals. The Type Rx was the last model of the EK9 generation.
In 2001, the second generation of Civic Type R with a code of EP3 was introduced in the UK market. The JDM version of the EP3 was manufactured in Swindon, UK and shipped to Japan which retained its highly known helical LSD and red Recaro bucket seats.
The third generation, JDM Civic Type R also known as FD2 and FN2 in European Domestic Market was produced from March 2007 to 2011. The FD2 is a four-door saloon with much wider, bigger, and heavier dimensions compared to the FN2 model.
When it comes to the exterior, it retains its sporty look and stylish design that gives an appeal to the car. The front bumper is low and wider which was designed differently from other models, the rear bumper has a diffuser and a large rear wing to complete the aero package.
The interior is fitted with a Honda-made version of black and red bucket seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also features safety equipment such as brake assist, vehicle stability assist, a full set of airbags, and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution.
In 2015, the fourth generation of the Civic Type R called the FK2 was released. It delivers a high-class performance and dynamics whether on the road or on the track with ease and comfort that is expected of the Civic. It is a five-door hatchback with an aerodynamic design and highly innovative interior features. It includes high-backed sports seats with trimmed suede-effect black and red fabric with red double stitching, redesigned rear seat bench with a revised frame that is unique to the Type R, a 60/40 split-fold function, and a loading space when folded. It is also equipped with standard and safety features to give convenience and comfort while on the road including an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist, full set of airbags, rear-view parking camera, cruise control system, and climate control air conditioning system.
The fifth and present generation of Civic Type R or FK8 was unveiled in 2016 and the production starts in 2017. The new generation five-door hatchback has retained its massive power boost, high performance, and features a more comprehensive aerodynamic package.
It has an extended bumper with a winged carbon fibre effect splitter and red accent line, slatted ducts, and diamond-mesh air intakes. It is also adorned with Honda’s red ‘H’ badge above the new air vent at the nose of the car, a lightweight aluminum bonnet with an air duct sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess and carbon fibre side skirts between front and rear wheel arches are wider than the previous model.
The safety features include traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beam assistance.
The EK9 is equipped with a 1.6L inline-4 B16B with one of the highest power outputs for a naturally aspirated engine of (136 kW; 182 hp) at 8,200 rpm and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) at 7,500 rpm of torque and a 5-speed manual transmission. The EK9 achieves a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph) with a performance figure of 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) acceleration time of 6.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.3 seconds. The second generation was fitted with a 2.0L inline-4 K20A with a power output of 215 PS (158 kW; 212 hp) for the JDM version and 2.0L inline-4 K20A2 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) for the European Domestic Market.
The third generation JDM FD2 2.0L inline-4 K20A has a higher power output than the European versions, with (165 kW; 222 hp) being generated at 8,000 rpm and 215 Nm (159 lb-ft) of torque peaking at 6,100 rpm versus European Domestic Market FN2 2.0L inline-4 K20Z4 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp) at 7,800 rpm and 193 Nm (142 lb-ft) at 5,600 rpm.
The fourth-generation FK2 is powered by 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 K20C1 direct fuel injection with Earth Dreams Technology generating a power output of 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 2,500–4,500 rpm. It is fitted with 6-speed manual transmission and can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds with combined fuel consumption of 30.1/46.3 mpg and 38.7 mpg.
The present generation FK8 is equipped with the same engine 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 K20C1 but the power has improved to 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) in the Japanese and European versions and remain 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) in the USA, Africa, and other parts of Asia.
The Honda Civic Type R is a car known for its reliability, performance, styling, and athletic power. Since its release in the market, it has already become one of the most desirable cars in the market. Though the Civic Type R went through many changes, it remains the same as before with its dynamic stability, responsiveness, and braking performance. The consistency of its power has not diminished but improved to provide a level of comfort for the occupants.