Civic Type R

The Honda Civic sedan line-up is now complete in Malaysia, with the dual launch of both the Honda Civic Type R and the Honda Civic Hybrid in Malaysia, fully imported from Japan. Read more after the jump about the Honda Civic Type R, with info about the Civic Hybrid coming in a following post.

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At first glance, because of how stunning the Civic already looks like, you might dismiss the Civic Type R as nothing more than a Civic with a sporty bodykit. The body is not significantly wider, with only the front fenders being Type-R exclusive and offering a slightly wider look at the front. The front bumper has a huge air intake designed into it, and the rear bumper has a built-in diffuser. There are no foglamps in the front bumper design as the two little intakes flanking the large central one is functional, feeding air to cool the front brakes.

The K20A engine is an improvement over previous K20A Type R engines – it now makes 225PS at 8,000rpm and goes up to a redline of 8,400rpm. Peak torque is rated at 215Nm at 6,100rpm – just after the i-VTEC cam switch-over point at 5,800rpm.

Civic Type RWhat makes the new engine more powerful? Honda has improved over the previous K20A in a few ways.

The intake manifold design has been improved – it is now a straightened, short, single-tract, equal-length design. The Drive-By-Wire throttle body has had its diameter increased from 62mm to 64mm.

The head ports now have a smoother surface (reduced roughness by approximately 40%) thanks to a special coating process first used in the NSX.

The compression ratio is now higher, increased from 11.5:1 to 11.7:1. The exhaust manifold is now of a narrow-angle straight-flow design, and finally, the exhaust pipe design has been straightened as less bending equals smoother flow.

Other performance-enhancing features have been carried over from the Integra Type R engine, including roller bearing rocker arms, high load-bearing strengthened con rods, high-strength crank shaft, ultra-light forged chrome-molybdenum flywheel, and valve-operated variable length silencer. These strengthened components are essential to support the Civic Type Rs high engine speeds.

The K20A Type R engine is mated to a 6-speed close ratio manual gearbox which has new ratios different from the one in the Integra Type R to match the engine’s new torque curve, as you can see from the diagram above. It also sports a highly rigid aluminium transmission case and a baffle plate to mitigate oil starvation during high speed cornering.

Civic Type RAs for the chassis, it is 50% more rigid and 11.6kg lighter than the Integra Type R. Rigidity enhancements include added front bulkhead adhesives, increased upper cross main bar board thickness, increased sub frame adapter unit board thickness, added rer floor stiffener and welding point, added rear floor adhesive, and increased rear stabilizer adapter unit board thickness.

These rigidity enhancements bring an increased weight of 1.8kg, but are offset by weight reduction measures of 13.4kg as a result of an aluminium front bumper beam, removed dashboard insulator, removed floor melt set, removed middle floor under cover, thinner rear glass sheet, and unified front license bumper base. The total weight of the car without air-conditioning is 1,250kg.

Handling has been enhanced with a combination of suspension, differential and tires. The front suspension remains a MacPherson strut setup, but for the Type R the dampers have an increased valve size, a higher damping rate by 1.25 times, and an increased load capacity. Springs rates have been revised, and ground clearance is lower by 10mm compared to the Honda Civic 2.0S. The stabilizer bars are now stiffer and thicker, bush springs are raised, and the knuckles are not more rigid. Finally, wheel bearing size is now larger.

On the rear, the car uses a reactive link double wishbone suspension with modifications much similar to the front suspension – increased valve size, higher damping rate by 1.6 times, increased load capacity, revised spring rates, stiffer and thicker stabilizer bars, and raised bush springs. Ground clearance at the rear is lower by 5mm compared to the Honda Civic 2.0S.

Civic Type R

Civic Type R

Cornering performance is increased with a torsen helical LSD system which limits wheel spin during hard cornering. Wheels are 18 inch Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres with Potenza trademark asymmetrical tread pattern – the thread is less-grooved with a big block design on the outside for increased tread rigidity at high cornering speeds, while the inside tread pattern is highly grooved for reduced hydroplaning. Stopping power is good thanks to 320mm disc brakes which leave minimum gap between disc and wheel, and 4-piston Brembo calipers. These discs are air-cooled via ducts in the front bumper.

Civic Type R

On the interior, it is mostly black and red colour coded, reminding you that you are sitting in a sporty machine. The front seats are really nice looking buckets with a built-in headrest. There is also a prominently displayed engine start button. The key you get for this car is an exclusive Type R key which features keyless entry.

The multiplex meter display is similar but not exactly the same as the Civic that we have come to be familiar with on our local shores. For one, the meter panels are red-themed, and there is an additional shift light feature in the upper deck which helps you know where you are in the rev range and when to shift without taking your eyes off the road to look at the lower deck where the RPM meter is.

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I doubt youd care what sound system this car has since you can listen to the Type R engine under the hood, but youll notice that the integrated head unit is gone, instead in its place is an Alpine 2-DIN head unit. It is a single-CD system without a changer. And of course, there is the now-common dual SRS airbags.

One thing you have to realize is the K20As 225PS rating is if you use RON100 petrol, so with our local maximum RON97 petrol youd likely get a lower figure because the engine management system will automatically adjust for the lower octane petrol to prevent engine knocking.

Civic Type RI was expecting the Civic Type R to be priced a little higher than the RM199,800 it is currently going for, as it is pretty much a track ready machine. I expected about RM220,000 or something in that range. It also comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.

This should be really popular with the MME privateers, all you need to do is buy one and do similar mods to it based on what Honda Malaysia did with their MME Civic last year. It’s definitely a proven performer on the track.

Many more photos of the Civic Type R can be found here.

There are only 60 units allocated to Malaysia for the Honda Civic Type R this year, and thus only a few are available as showroom units. The first batch has already been sold out before the launch, and the next batch will only come in 3 months time. Only the following showrooms have the Honda Civic Type R on display:

Formula Venture Sdn. Bhd.
Lot 79, Jalan Bagan Jermal, 12300 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang.

Kah Motor Sdn. Bhd.
25-B, Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Penang.

Kosmo Auto
No.3, Jalan Pelukis, U1/46, Sec U1, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor.

Lee Motors Alor Setar (Car Div) Sdn. Bhd.
12 MBAS 1066, Jalan Teluk Wanjah, 05200 Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman.

Premier Motor
2KM, Jalan Tun Mustapha, 87020 Labuan F.T.

Sri Sutera Auto Sdn. Bhd.
No,1-H, Jalan Bunga Ros, Majidee Baru, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.

Syarikat Motor GS Tay Sdn. Bhd.
315, Batu 1 ¾, Jalan Bakri, 84000 Muar, Johor.

USJ Car Express Sdn. Bhd.
Lot 792, Persiaran Subang Indah, Taman Perindustrian Subang, 47610 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Wegro Sdn. Bhd.
Lot 4523 (D), Batu 4 ½, Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.

Weststar Auto Sdn. Bhd.
68, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. (Showroom)
111-A, Jalan Ulu Klang, 68000 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. (Svc Ctr)

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