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Honda Civic Type R s Guide 147

March 17th, by NZPC

Ever since the generation EB series of the 1970s, Civics have not all been equal. Back then it was the but in late 1997, coming the same lineage as the famed and the decimating Integra Type R, Japan gave us the EK9 Civic R. This three-door hatch is and agile, thanks to the hard-revving N/A slotted between the front of its lightweight, performance-tuned, front-wheel-drive making it one hell of a hot Japanese Using a stock standard EK9 Type R as a guide, here’s you need to know about red-raw model.

ENGINE: not the most powerful production B-series engine Honda has (an honour reserved for the 200ps fitted in the DC2 Integra Type R), the engine that is factory in the EK9 Civic Type R is an impressive of kit. With a displacement of 1.6 litres, this remarkable naturally aspirated four-pot is for 185ps (136kW) delivered at That’s a lot of power for a small, aspirated engine 115ps per to be exact.

The engine itself is a different beast when with the more familiar Honda’s original DOHC engine as first used in the DA8 and EF9 Civics in 1989. In its final the B16A was good for 170ps, 15ps less than the Put A and B series B16 engines next to other and you’ll spot a big straight away the Civic R B16B is noticeably taller.

This is due to the fact that the block, as designated by its cast tag on the side, is the same as that of the Type R B18C5, albeit in a state to displace just 1600cc. High-compression pistons are fare, as are stronger rods, and like the 1.8-litre Integra R engines, all B16Bs were assembled.

Up top the Civic engine the PR3-2 DOHC VTEC 16V head, also found on the engine. Basically a modified of the B16A head, the PR3-2 a tough valve train and an camshaft specification unique to the Type R. In tuning circles the EK9 cams are considered the best bumpsticks Honda has ever On the intake side the B16B a flowed intake manifold, and on the a tuned extractor-headed system.

With the EK9 Civic Type R only one choice of transmission: an S4C manual. The hydraulic S4C gearbox is a strong piece of gear, and in the is factory fitted with a helical limited slip unit. Motorsport/N1 versions the same gearbox with first, second and third ratios.

EXTERIOR: The Civic Type exterior bodywork didn’t much during its production run the E-EK9 model released in In late 1998 the GF-EK9 version made a slight to the front headlights (they a little sleeker looking) and brought very subtle to the front guards, bonnet and The facelift also got red/white lights to replace the original units.

With the GF model lesser-spec Civics received new and rear bumpers without but as the E-EK9 model already had there was no change made for the version.

All Civic Type Rs a front lip spoiler, side rear lip spoiler, and a larger spoiler that is unique to the car. Colour-wise there was a choice of four hues for the Championship White, Starlight Pearl, Lightwrite Yellow and Silver Metallic. The vast of Civic Type Rs (including all the versions) were produced in White, an eggshell-type colour.

Red badges and Type R insignias the rear wheels on each and the boot distinguish the model.

Like its bigger sibling, the DC2 Type R, the Civic Type R well appointed on the inside. Red Recaro SR seats feature up as does a black leather red detailing Momo SRS steering and titanium shift knob. The car also features red carpets red trim on the door panels and fibre-style detailing in the instrument and around the upper regions of the console panel.

Full electrics are standard. Type Rs were less when it came to interior and in their most basic were sold minus the seats and Momo SRS wheel, featuring basic treatments the bottom models in the Civic In the name of weight reduction, windows were replaced wind-up equivalents, and depending on how the first Japanese owner it, A/C may also be absent.

ON THE ROAD: The Type R is a pretty raw beast but to be expected given its racing That said, it still a good daily driver, as as you can live with the fact there’s not a lot of performance on tap until you stick you foot up it. The cams their performance VTEC at around 6500rpm, and from on in the Civic Type R is a totally animal. Keep it in that and they’re quick, offering in the mid-six-second range.

Fully the 0-400m sprint should be to be despatched in less than 15 which isn’t bad at all for a 1.6-litre N/A Handling is tight, and a twisty is the habitat where the Civic R truly revels. For best you’ll need to run 98RON although 95-96RON is sufficient.


HOW MUCH TO PAY: Like any car, how much you’ll pay depend on the condition of the car, its of manufacturer, its mileage, and whether or not it has modified. In many cases, cars are of greater value those that have tweaked, because it’s a of what it may have endured a previous ownership. It is possible to up a pre-facelift 1997/1998 E-EK9 Type R for around $10,000, but get what you pay for.

Clean, examples can run as high as $20,000 on a yard, but expect a top-grade, car for that sort of money. particular facelift 1999 White example, on sale at A Grade Cars for $15,995, was stock standard (a rare and had travelled just 100,000km.

EDITIONS: Apart from the EK9 Civic Type R, the only special model sold by was the Type RX. This version was for the very last of the EK-series Type Rs sold from 1999 until all cars had run out in The RX is actually no different to the facelift R, featuring only a CD player and pedals over the existing

There was no specific Type RX only model detailing on the tag.

MODIFYING GUIDE: The B16B engine is a highly beast, but there’s still attainable from the setup if you to go down that road. mods should be a good and exhaust system the bread and of any good N/A build. Likewise, a flywheel will get you into the cam zone quicker, so that’s worth investigating, too.

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If you to take things a lot further, find power increases by to a B18CR5 (Integra Type R) block, or even a B20B for 2.0 of cubic capacity.

Unlike spec Civics the EK9 rolls on hubs (5 114.3), so wheel is little less easy the standard Civic 4 100 fitment. If after a JDM brand wheel, there’s plenty on offer. Civic Type R owners are with the factory body but if you want to take things a further the EK Civic body offers up many options for

Factory Specifications

Engine: B16B 1.6-litre inline-four VTEC 16V, 10.8:1 ratio, PGM-FI electronic injection

Driveline: 5-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive, helical limited slip

Suspension/Brakes: Double wishbone struts, coil springs, strut tower bar, discs front, solid rear, ABS

Exterior: Front lip side skirts, rear lip hatch top rear spoiler, glass (rear side, and window tint)

Interior: SR red front seats, Momo SRS steering wheel, titanium knob, carbon-style dash carbon-style instrument binnacle, red accents

Wheels/Tyres: 15 6-inch alloy wheels, 195/55R15

Performance: Max Power 185ps @ 8200rpm, Max Torque 16.3kg/m @ 7500rpm

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