High on Civic Mindedness Honda Civic Type R (FD2R) [review] MotorPrime

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Honda Civic Type R

High on Civic Mindedness. Civic Type R (FD2R)


Superb high engine Track-ready suspension gear change

The first R appeared as the NSX-R (NA1) in 1992 although some may that the Type R moniker appeared on Honda’s motorcycles before it appeared on their

Since then Honda has a number of Type Rs as Integra DC5) and Civic (EF9, they even had it as the UK Accord Now Honda has introduced two Civic Rs, the UK Civic FN2 and the Japanese Domestic the FD2.

Confused yet? should you meet up with R cognoscenti you had better bone up on model codes.

Type R to is what the “M” is to BMW. has long been involved in One racing and although F1 cars little resemblance to cars we nowadays, Honda is keen to its racing heritage. The formula for the Type R is a universal language by all petrol heads.

Start the chassis, it is not the run of the mill Civic but a beefed-up, lightened version strategic reinforcements that stiffer steel panels and included at the welding and bonding

Lightweight glass is also for the rear windshield and there is or no soundproofing to speak about in an to keep weight at 1270-kg is surprisingly lower than the UK Civic Type R

Luxury items are usually and the interior is pretty bare for the Recaro look-alike sport and an alloy topped gear ‘Recaro’ branded sports used to take pride of but Honda has developed these seats in-house and they now height adjustment; however, it be noted that these seats are OE by Recaro. albeit Honda’s requirements.

The side are higher and the seats seem to greater comfort than the Recaro seats, which come as no surprise, considering manufacturer-developed seats with tend to address many of the of off-the-rack seats. The foot are also specially adorned grippy rubber studs on a aluminium backing.

Honda “R” stands for racing so it no apologies for the rock hard that it fits to the Type R but of the owners swap these for even stiffer and lower. The is very sharp and is tuned for and indeed some pretty lift throttle oversteer so is not for the of heart.

Oddly enough for a FWD car the spring rates are about 30% than the fronts. Honda this to raise rear stiffness to reduce understeer. The ride characteristics are due to the damper with high compression and lighter rebound damping as is the set up for race cars.

A swap to dampers with characteristics should give the R a European feel.

For those in the Bridgestone RE070s are just the best street going they ever made and are standard items on the Civic R. These 225/45 YR 18 tyres are based ones, homologated for use and of course delivers tremendous in the dry. In the wet the broad tread might not have good resistance but they do have wet performance although it is not the best

Thanks to the exceedingly stiff and tread belting, the steering is pin and handling is extremely stable no slack whatsoever. Honda is the hydraulic type assistance of the electrical one in the UK Civic to get this of feel and sharpness in the steering. The of the RE070 is of course a hard but surprisingly the Civic bodyshell to shrug off the worst bumps and the is surprisingly taut and crash thanks to a bodyshell that is 50% stiffer than the outgoing Type R (DC5).

Finally gives its Type Rs great now sporting 320mm discs and 4-pot callipers, up from the of the Integra which frankly was barely adequate. The increase in does not necessarily reduce distances but enhances stamina for stops on a track. Pity didn’t include a set of steel brake lines.

As with all Type R Hondas, the de resistance is of course the engine. All the NSX engines are above the 100 bhp per litre and the latest iteration of the K20A punches out 225 bhp which is 112.5 bhp per quite a remarkable feat for a aspirated engine until one the S2000 has 125 bhp per litre.

This iteration of the K20A engine has a ratio of 11.7:1 and the short manifolds are tuned for high rpm The 4-2-1 exhaust manifold has acute angle joints an increase in exhaust gas-flow. And of adopting a pair of useless pipes in the rear, Honda decided on a large single

The first Type R engines specially hand honed and to exacting specifications before dropped into cars proved to be a production bottleneck but Honda has reduced production and has instead elected to epoxy the intake tracts to produce a surface instead of manually and polishing them allowing R engines to be efficiently made on the line like all its other

The diameter of the throttle body up from 62mm to 64mm to aid and is now what Honda calls DBW or by wire. It is an electronically controlled that if you didn’t know would assume to be a direct linkage.

Honda Civic Type R

With 225 bhp at 8000 rpm engine is the highest output this K20A engine to The previous 220 bhp motor in the Integra R feels slightly flaccid this new engine as its torque was and appeared at higher rpm, rpm vs 6100 rpm. Admittedly 5 bhp is not a lot more but thanks to the compression being bumped up to 11.7:1 11.5 increases torque the working range of the engine.

Tighter mapping of the fuel and ignition improves efficiency and

Perhaps the energetic impression is to the fact that the Civic R weighs 1270 kg and the body in is just 1.8 kg heavier than the two Integra Type R. But a quick at the gear ratios also that it may also contribute to newfound eagerness as the final is now 5.062 compared to the 4.911 of the

The first three gear are similar but the last three are to compensate such that 100 reads just 3100 rpm in 6th is pretty close to what it is in the To maximize traction a Torsen LSD torque between the front

Whilst every individual makes interesting reading, it is the sum of its parts that tell the story. The initial impression is of a stiffly sprung aspiring car, the spring and damper collaborating to jiggle the occupants

Adopting the recommended tyre and allowing the suspension to settle this turbulent ride but it is set up for track use and while it does not and bump is rather uncomfortable poor surfaces especially for the as the driver is too busy revelling in the of the chassis and steering.

That the Civic Type R the Integra Type R around circuit by 5 seconds is not surprising, but it can match the NSX-R certainly is. The is in the latest generation Bridgestone RE070 which gives the CTR grip and poise as to threaten the Too bad it has such a stiff ride but we are many would gladly up the comfort for the performance.

Feeling must have been a at Honda as this is exactly the gearbox feels like. The are slick, positive and accurate any slop making a mockery of sporty European machines. the brake feel even the benefit of steel braided is firm and progressive with the right amount of servo

And should you lament that has ditched the Recaros in favour of home brewed sports don’t. They not only you in better with its taller but are more comfortable too plus offer height adjustment. A drawback is the coarse ratchet adjustment compared to the infinitely one on the Recaro.

Some have that the Civic Type R is the of the first E30 BMW M3 with its 215 bhp 2.3-litre engine and 1200-kg weight. But what? More than the Civic Type R feels up to date.

Compared to today’s M3. it may be short of 4 and about 200 bhp but it is crisper and more with just 1270 kg the overweight M3 which tips the at 1655 kg. The Civic Type R is a machine, without any electronic or any feel-filtering rubbery bushings in the steering or gearbox.

The driver is for everything the car does; your action is translated into reaction be it braking, steering or And then there is that VTEC engine that eagerly to 8700 rpm but is completely in town. Few are the cars this offering this kind of interface and be completely at home at the or around town and certainly at this price point.

Honda Civic Type R
Honda Civic Type R
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