The Honda Civic Type R (Japanese: ホンダ・シビックタイプR, Hepburn: Honda Shibikku Taipuāru) is a series of high-performance hatchback/sedan models based on the Civic, developed and produced by Honda since September 1997. The first Civic Type R was the third model to receive Honda's Type R badge (after the NSX and Integra). Type R versions of the Civic typically feature a lightened and stiffened body, specially tuned engine, and upgraded brakes and chassis, and are offered only in five- or six-speed manual transmission. Like other Type R models, red is used in the background of the Honda badge to give it a special sporting distinction and to separate it from other models.

Honda Civic Type R
Honda Civic Type R (FL5)
ProductionSeptember 1997 – present
Body and chassis
ClassSport compact car
Body style3-door hatchback (1997–2011)
5-door hatchback (2015–2022)
5-door liftback (2022–present)
4-door sedan (2007–2011; FD2 only)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedHonda Civic

EK9 (1997; based on sixth generation Civic) edit

First generation (EK9)
Pre-facelift (1997–1998)
ProductionSeptember 1997 – 2000
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie
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 mm (164.6 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,360 mm (53.5 in)
Curb weight1,050–1,070 kg (2,315–2,359 lb)
Pre-facelift (1997–1998)

The first Civic to receive the 'Type R' nameplate was based on the sixth-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 on August 19, 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 1.6-litre DOHC VTEC B16B 4-cylinder engine, front-helical limited-slip differential and a close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission. The B16B engine boasted one of the highest power output per liter 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 air conditioning and without any other creature comforts.

Facelift edit

The Type Rx model introduced in 1999 was given a CD player, body-colored 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 an 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; based on seventh generation Civic) edit

Second generation (EP3)
Pre-facelift (2001–2003)
AssemblyUnited Kingdom: Swindon (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
Wheelbase2,570 mm (101.2 in)
Length4,135 mm (162.8 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Curb weight1,190–1,205 kg (2,624–2,657 lb)
Pre-facelift (2001–2003)

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-liter 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 limited-slip differential and red Recaro race seats that were standard on the EK9.

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 the different intake manifold, exhaust manifold, high-lift camshafts, high-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 European domestic market (EDM) version was not. The EDM has more relaxed gear ratios and some high-rpm torque traded for low-rpm torque compared to the JDM variant.[6][7]

Facelift (2003–2005)

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]

A total of 25,798 units were built for Europe and Japan. Europe received 24,334 units and Japan received 1,464 units.

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 featured red bucket seats from Recaro, air conditioning, privacy glass on the rear windows, a leather-wrapped 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 color.[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 lineup which included an additional color, Satin Silver Metallic, HID lighting, rear privacy glass, automatic air conditioner and outside air temperature sensor.[11]

Last year of production edit

2005 Honda Civic EP3 Type R in Vivid Blue Pearl

For the last production year (2005), the EP3 Type R was offered in Vivid Blue Pearl for the European market. A total of 132 EP3s, which were all left-hand drive, were produced in Vivid Blue Pearl.

The 2005 Vivid Blue Pearl EP3 is often mistaken for a Premier Edition, which it is not. They were sold with the standard, facelifted Type R interior, although they had other variations, which were not to be found on the right-hand driven EP3s sold for the UK market.

All 132 Vivid Blue Pearl EP3s were delivered with xenon headlights, which includes integrated headlight washer jets in the front bumpers, as well as a height sensor in the right rear wheel arch, which will automatically adjust the height of the light beam as per required by EU regulations.

It is also fitted with rear privacy glass and outside air temperature sensor, as well as the EUDM center console with mechanical knobs placed over the radio unit, as opposed to the UKDM, USDM and JDM models with electronic knobs fitted on the side of the radio unit.

Sales figures

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

FD2/FN2 (2007; based on eighth generation Civic) edit

The third generation of the Civic Type R was offered in two distinct models: one developed 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

Third generation
Japan (FD2)
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
Engine2.0 L K20A I4
Power output225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp)
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,540–4,570 mm (178.7–179.9 in)
Width1,770–1,780 mm (69.7–70.1 in)
Height1,420–1,430 mm (55.9–56.3 in)
Curb weight1,255–1,270 kg (2,767–2,800 lb)

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 sedan, 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 transmission, 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 tires having a 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 only 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 color 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 model only.

In October 2008, the Type R received new colors, those being Premium White Pearl, Premium Deep Violet Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl. The Vivid Blue Pearl color 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]

A total of 14,062 FD2 Civic Type R units 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 was available in Japan from fall 2010. However, the engine was the same K20Z4 straight-4 as used in the European version.[15]

Civic Mugen RR (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 fiber bumpers and aluminum for the hood. 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 and rear brake pads), seat and steering (Recaro bucket seat, seat rail, steering wheel with box, TAKATA harness), carbon inner part option A (carbon fiber right floor cover panel, footrest, door lining).
  • Complete: ¥7,822,500 (7,450,000+tax). It adds carbon inner part option B (carbon-fiber 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

Third generation
Europe and international (FN2)
AssemblyUnited Kingdom: Swindon (HUM)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door hatchback
Engine2.0 L K20Z4 I4
Power output201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp)
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,620 mm (103.1 in)
Length4,270 mm (168.1 in)
Width1,785 mm (70.3 in)
Height1,445 mm (56.9 in)
Curb weight1,263–1,320 kg (2,784–2,910 lb)
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 tires, while optional 19-inch Rage alloys fitted with Yokohama Advan Sport 225/35 ZR19 88Y tires were also available. The car has a curb weight of 1,320 kg (2,910 lb).[25] A total of 29,039 Type-R specification FN2 models were built at the Honda factory in Swindon, 13,514 RHD for the UK, 8,378 LHD for Europe, 3,510 for Japan, 2,285 for Australia, with the remaining units heading to the Africa and Asia regions.

Trims edit

Type R GT
From introduction in 2007, 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. In the UK market from 2009 model year, GT models also gained HID headlights with auto levelling, headlight washers with switch, USB and AUX connectors located in the arm rest storage area as well as a multi LED high level rear brake light to replace the previous design. An LSD was fitted to all GT models from April 2010 production also (this was never made available on base Type R models)

FN2 Type R's were finished in the same four colors as the standard FN2, and a new color called Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl added to the colors offered from 2010, at the same time Deep Bronze Metallic was dropped. Only 226 examples of the Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl were built in Type-R specification, 114 for the UK and 112 for Europe.

In 2009, the Championship White Edition Type R was made available and added a Helical LSD to the Type R GT feature roster as well as trim items such as dark tint front grill and fuel filler cap as well as color-matched white wheels.

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. This model was not offered in the UK.

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 colors as the Euro standard FN2.

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 a limited edition in fall 2010, following a successful run in November 2009.[26]

Reception edit

Top Gear Magazine awarded the European Civic Type R its 'Hot Hatch of 2007',[27] praising the car's controls and comparing it favorably 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".

Markets edit

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 in August 2007. It was the first time Honda launched a Type R JDM outside of Japan.[31]

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 of about 2,010 units, giving it the name Civic Type R EURO.[32] A second batch of 1,500 was imported back to Japan in 2010, with the color Crystal Black Pearl added.[33]

FK2 (2015; based on ninth generation Civic) edit

Fourth generation (FK2)
AssemblyUnited Kingdom: Swindon (HUM)
DesignerHisayuki Yagi[34]
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
Wheelbase2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length4,390 mm (172.8 in)
Width1,880 mm (74.0 in)
Height1,460 mm (57.5 in)
Curb weight1,380 kg (3,042.4 lb)

In September 2012, there were rumors about the confirmation of the next-generation of the Honda Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show.[35] A preview took place at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014.[36]

Production edit

Civic Type R (FK2)

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.[37]

Performance edit

The FK2 Civic Type R is powered by the 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.[38]

The fuel tank has a capacity of 50 L (13 US gal) and fuel consumption is 30.1/46.3 mpg (5 L/100km-7.81 L/100km) and 38.7 mpg (6 L/100km) (combined). Combined CO2 emission is 170g/km and the car has achieved Euro 6 Emission Standard.[citation needed]

Safety 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. The anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, hill start assist, and vehicle stability assist are standard.

Special Editions edit

Mugen Type R concept edit

Mugen Civic Type R concept

Introduced at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, 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 fiber, a carbon fiber 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 the quad was fitted.[39]

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.[40]

In other countries of Europe a White Edition was also released, still based on the GT Trim Type R, similar to the Black Edition but with white accents.[41]

Regions edit

United Kingdom edit

The British were able to purchase the FK2 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.[42]

Japan edit

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.[43]

FK8 (2017; based on tenth generation Civic) edit

Fifth generation (FK8)
Pre-facelift (2017–2019)
AssemblyUnited Kingdom: Swindon (HUM)
DesignerDaisuke Tsutamori
Hideki Kakinuma (project leader) [44]
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
Engine1996 cc K20C1 turbocharged I4
Power output
  • 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp)
  • 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) (Europe and Japan only)
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,560 mm (179.5 in)
Width1,875 mm (73.8 in)
Height1,435 mm (56.5 in)
Curb weight1,380–1,390 kg (3,042.4–3,064.4 lb)

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.[45][46]

Exterior edit

Pre-facelift (2017–2019)

The design is based on the Civic Hatchback, with a winged carbon fiber effect 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 hood, an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess, smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters, carbon fiber effect side skirts, 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents, 245/30 R20 high-performance tires, enlarged wheel arches, a carbon fiber effect 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 backward.

Engine and other specifications edit

The FK8 Civic Type R uses the same engine as its predecessor, a turbocharged inline-four with increased power 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.[47]

In back-to-back testing involving an 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.[48]

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 color as standard with sports seats along with faux carbon fiber 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 comfort and user-friendliness is criticised for its infotainment system which has been described as slow and difficult to operate. The fit and finish are considered to be comparable 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.[47]

Records edit

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.[49] The car also set new front-wheel drive lap records at the Magny-Cours, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Estoril, Hungaroring and Mount Panorama circuits.[50][51] The Nürburgring record was broken by the Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R in July 2019 which set a time of 7:40.10,[52] 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.[53]

Facelift (2020)

Markets edit

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 available to the U.S. market.[54][55]

It's only offered with 306 hp (228 kW) turbocharged 2.0 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. The Type R has numerous amenities including a 12-speaker sound system with Sirius XM radio with a 7-inch touchscreen which allows gesture controls but no auxiliary input.[56] Minor changes were made in 2019. Honda added a volume knob and physical buttons. The climate controls also now have a hard button that adjusts the fan speed. The Type R receives larger cupholders, a revised switch for the electronic-parking brake, and more streamlined steering-wheel controls. A new color, Sonic Gray Pearl, was also added.[57] 2020 Type R had minor revisions to the brakes and front suspension.[58]

Limited Edition Type R edit

In 2021, Honda offered a Limited Edition Type R. Only 600 were designated for the US and the car would only be available in Phoenix Yellow pearl paint. The LE Type R is 38 pounds (17 kg) lighter than the standard Type R and comes equipped with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires and has a gloss-black roof, exterior mirrors and hood scoop.[59]

United Kingdom edit

In the UK, the Civic Type R was available for consumer test drives in August 2017, with official delivery and sale dates coinciding with national vehicle registration plate changes on 1 September.[60]

Australia edit

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 specifications. 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 $53,000.

Indonesia edit

The Civic Type R was launched in Indonesia during the 25th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in August 2017.[61] The facelifted model was released in May 2021.[62][63]

Malaysia and Singapore edit

In Singapore, the Civic Type R was officially launched by Kah Motor on 27 July 2017 in limited numbers.[64]

In Malaysia, the Civic Type R was launched in October 2017 during the Malaysia Autoshow with a price of RM320,000.[65]

Philippines edit

In the Philippines, the Civic Type R was presented during the 2017 Manila International Auto Show and officially went on sale in July 2017.[66][67]

Thailand edit

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

Awards edit

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.[68][47] In Australia, the car was awarded Performance Car of the Year 2018.[69] The car was chosen as one of the Top 10 Tech Cars by the IEEE in 2018.[70]

FL5 (2022; based on eleventh generation Civic) edit

Sixth generation (FL5)
Model years2023–present
AssemblyJapan: Yorii, Saitama[71]
DesignerDai Hara[72]
Body and chassis
Body style5-door liftback
RelatedAcura Integra Type S (DE5)
Engine2.0 L K20C1 turbocharged I4
Power output
  • 330 PS (243 kW; 325 hp) (Japan and Europe)
  • 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp)
  • 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) (Brazil)[citation needed]
  • 297 PS (218 kW; 293 hp) (Brazil)[citation needed]
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,735 mm (107.7 in)
Length4,595 mm (180.9 in)
Width1,890 mm (74.4 in)
Height1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Curb weight1,430 kg (3,153 lb)

The sixth-generation Civic Type R was introduced on July 20, 2022.[73] Designated under the model code FL5, it is presently built in Yorii, Saitama, Japan, where the regular Civic liftback for the Japanese market is also built.[71]

The FL5 Civic Type R is considered to be less aggressive in design compared to its predecessor with less prominent decorative vents and smaller air outlets.[74] It uses a smaller 19-inch wheel compared to the previous generation which had 20-inch wheels, although the contact patch is wider due to the usage of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with 265/30-profile (previously 245/30). Equipped with widened fenders like its predecessor, the FL5 model in contrast gained widened rear doors and rear quarters instead of using a plastic add-on to achieve wider rear fenders.

In the interior, the model is equipped with semi-bucket seats, red carpeting and floor mats, and a specific interface for the instrument panel screen and infotainment screen which included the Honda LogR data logger to store data such as lap times.[75]

The 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine is carried over from the previous generation with incremental changes such as a revised turbocharger that features a more compact housing to improve the overall unit efficiency. The turbine itself has had both its blade count and shape optimized to boost power and improve airflow.

In March 2022, the pre-production model broke the Suzuka Circuit lap record for front-wheel-drive cars with a lap time of 2:23.120.[76]

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R broke another front-wheel-drive cars record at the Nürburgring with a time of 7:44.881.[77]

Markets edit

Thailand edit

The FL5 Civic Type R was presented at the 39th Thailand International Motor Expo on 1 December 2022.[78] Sales of the FL5 Civic Type R was commenced at the 43rd Bangkok International Motor Show on 21 March 2023.[79]

Philippines edit

The FL5 Civic Type R was launched in the Philippines on 19 January 2023.[80]

GCC edit

The FL5 Civic Type R for the GCC markets has launched in UAE after a 12-year hiatus on 1 February 2023.[81]

Indonesia edit

The FL5 Civic Type R was launched in Indonesia on 30 March 2023.[82]

Malaysia edit

The FL5 Civic Type R was launched in Malaysia on 27 September 2023.[83]

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