The multi award winning Honda Civic Type R has received mechanical enhancements and a new colour.
Winner of the 2008 Australian International Design Award, Wheels Automotive Design Awards – 2008 Design of the Year and 2008 Interior Design of the Year, the Honda Civic Type R is now available in a striking new colour – Championship White – Honda’s traditional racing colour.
Fans of the ‘Red H’ have been eager to get their hands on a Type R in White since the latest body shape was introduced in 2007 and now their calls have been answered.
Complimenting the distinctive Championship White paint finish that evokes memories of Honda’s first F1 car in 1963, Type R has 18 inch graphite coloured alloy wheels, a contrasting smoke chrome finish on the badges, door handles, fuel filler cap and lower front grille and exclusive Type R plaque.
But it is under the skin that the biggest change has taken place. The Civic Type R now features a limited slip differential, helping the car to lay down its spine-tingling 148 kilowatts more effectively. Around Honda’s test track in Tsukaba, Japan, the ‘white hot’ Type R shaves 1.44 seconds off the non LSD equipped car’s time. The 2009 Civic Type R also has a tyre deflation warning system.
At the rear, the Type R gains parking sensors. Inside, an auxiliary jack and USB port allow owners to connect a variety of MP3 players while the red illuminated foot well completes the sporty theme.
The 2009 Honda Civic Type R range has four colours, Milano Red, Alabaster Silver, Crystal Black and the new Championship White.
The 2009 Honda Civic Type R range will go on sale on the 2nd of March, 2009. The recommended retail price (without on-road costs) is $41,990. Metallic and pearlescent paint is $395 extra.
THE HISTORY OF THE TYPE R
February 1992: Honda engineers, with the invaluable advice of Ayrton Senna, set about developing the race performance of the NSX. The NSX-R is thus born. Major changes include a more aggressive suspension and an extensive weight reduction (removing audio, electric windows, and air conditioning) to 1230kg from the normal NSX weight of 1350kg. In addition, race spec titanium con rods are placed into the original VTEC engine, allowing it to withstand the stresses of racing. It is finished in Championship White paint and the Red H emblem of the RA 272, the first Honda Formula 1 car to win a Grand Prix. Production is limited to 1,995 units.
September 1995: Honda announces the launch of the DC2 Integra Type-R. The Integra Type-R is powered by the B18C 1.8litre DOHC VTEC engine, specifically developed for the Integra Type-R, with 200bhp at 8,000rpm.
Fumiyasu Suga, the assistant chief engineer for Type R, declares that in order to make a true race engine, some parts must be built and finished by hand; in particular, the assembly of the engine, balancing parts, porting and polishing.
Honda engineers buff the cylinders by hand to remove any slight imperfections, resulting in an increase in performance of 10bhp.
Standard equipment includes a helical LSD, sports suspension, a front lip spoiler, a rear spoiler, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, Recaro seats, and a titanium gearshift knob.
August 1997: The EK9 Civic Type-R is launched in Japan. It is powered by an exclusively-developed 1.6-litre DOHC VTEC B16B engine that makes 185bhp at 8,200rpm. The lightweight B16B engine features a new valve system allowing higher engine speeds, reduced engine friction, improved breathing, and increased compression ratio.
Main improvements to handling include increased body rigidity, reduced weight, sports suspension, torque-sensitive helical LSD, sports-tuned ABS, and Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tyres.
January 1998: The Accord Type-R goes on sale in the UK, with a tweaked H22A 2.2litre VTEC engine on board. In addition, the Accord Type-R boasts a limited-slip-diff, 17inch alloy wheels, Recaro seats and a stiffer chassis.
July 2001: An updated version of the Integra Type-R (DC5) is launched for sale in Japan and USA. The special colour of Championship White celebrates Honda’s first victory in F1. The DC5 Integra Type-R is powered by the K20A 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine with 220bhp and a new 6-speed manual gearbox. The suspension adopts clever front suspension and reactive-link double wishbone rear suspension. The Integra Type-R is also equipped with Recaro front seats, a leather wrapped Momo steering wheel, aluminium pedals, aluminium shift knob, exclusive aero parts and Brembo front brakes.
October 2001: A Type-R version of the seventh generation Civic is announced. It is built at Honda in the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, Wiltshire. The CTR – as it becomes known by enthusiasts – is powered by a 2.0litre i-VTEC engine that produces 145 Kilowatts at 7,400rpm. The Civic Type-R goes on to sell over 35,000 units and pick up numerous awards. February 2006: The Civic Type R Concept, based on a three-door version of the 2006 Civic is unveiled at Geneva Motor Show.
September 2006: Honda unveils the production version of the 2007 Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show. The latest Civic to wear the Red H badge is more refined, easier to use everyday and features a reworked version of the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine. Power is marginally increased to 147 Kilowatts, but suspension is tuned to give crisp handling and sharper steering response.
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