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					2007 Civic Type R

4    At a glance
5    Specification overview
6    Questions on the tip of your tongue
9    Positioning
11   The Type R philosophy
13   The history of Type R
15   The birth of the new Type R
23 Engine and transmission
30 Chassis
37   Design and styling
42 Interior
45 Motorsport prepared cars
47   Specifications
50 CD images

At a glance                                                      Specification overview

Honda Civic Type R (& Type R GT)                                 Civic Type R                                      Civic Type R GT

2.0 i-VTEC                                                       • 18-inch alloy wheels                            As Type R, plus:
Price (OTR):         £17,600 (Type R), £18,600 (Type R GT)       • Vehicle Stability Assist                        • Dual curtain airbags
Top speed:           146mph                                      • Stereo CD tuner with RDS                        • Cruise control
0-62mph:             6.6 seconds                                 • Dual front and side airbags                     • Power folding door mirrors
Combined MPG:        31                                          • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors     • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
CO2:                 215 g/km                                    • Aluminium foot rest                             • Front fog lights
Engine:              1998cc, DOHC petrol                         • Type R door sill garnish                        • Dual zone climate control aircon
Power:               201PS @ 7,800rpm                            • Drilled aluminium sports pedals                 • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
Torque:              142lb.ft @ 5,600rpm                         • Alloy gearknob with red-stitched leather boot   • Refrigerated and lockable glovebox
Service interval:    12,500 miles                                • Leather, multi-function steering wheel          • Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone System*
Insurance rating:    16E (17E – Type R GT)*                      • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment   • Voice recognition DVD Satellite Navigation*
*awaiting confirmation                                           • Type R Alcantara sports seats                   * As part of £1,400 factory-fitted option pack
                                                                 • Driver’s seat height adjustment
                                                                 • CAT 1 alarm system

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The questions on the tip of your tongue…
What’s the general direction for the new Civic Type R?                       How many do you plan to sell in the UK?                                 Why has it got the same engine as the old car?                        What will be the sales mix between Type R and Type R GT?
Every manufacturer bangs on about ‘refinement’, but when we say              Our plan is to sell 5,000 Civic Type Rs per year. But hopefully, the    It’s the same 2.0-litre engine but it’s been further developed to     We’re expecting a 20/80 per cent split (Type R/Type R GT)
the latest Civic Type R is more refined, we mean that it’s easier to         car will outperform the targets, just as the outgoing model did. We     give what our engineers call “a richer content”. This basically
use everyday. It’s still got the raw driving appeal of the outgoing          originally said that we’d sell 1,500 of the old Civic Type R, and we    means we’ve changed the way the engine delivers its power to          How much does it cost?
model, but we’ve responded to feedback from customers and                    went on to sell over 35,000 in total…                                   improve the driving experience. The switch to the high lift cam       Prices are £17,600 for the Type R, and £18,600 for the Type R GT.
critics to make the car better in ‘real world’ conditions. It’s more                                                                                 now comes in at lower revs and lasts longer (which means you can      Sat Nav and HFT are an extra £1,400 factory-fit option.
comfortable, quieter and has more equipment – and the VTEC                   What are the competitors to this Type R?                                get to the ‘power band’ more frequently). Also, the revised drive-
‘power band’ is easier to reach more often.                                  We are looking at ‘premium hot-hatches’ from other manufacturers for    by-wire throttle gives smoother acceleration, especially at higher    Where will the Type R be built?
                                                                             comparison (Golf GTi, Ford Focus ST, Volvo C30, SEAT Leon Cupra).       speeds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Both Type R models will be built exclusively alongside the Civic
The Civic Type R has matured and evolved into a more rounded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           5-door and 3-door Type S range at Honda of the UK Manufacturing
performer that’s now just as good on the road as it is on a track.           Why isn’t the Civic Type R more powerful and faster than other          Will there be a Type RR?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ltd in Swindon.
                                                                             hatches – or indeed the last Type R?                                    There are currently no plans for a more extreme, road-going Type
So it’s more comfy, has some extra luxuries and is more refined.                                                                                     R (in the same vein as Honda’s RR bikes), but there is a race-ready
                                                                             It’s not all about raw figures and statistics. And it isn’t about
Haven’t you just made a soft Type R?                                                                                                                 motorsport-prepared Civic Type R, which has been developed by
                                                                             building the fastest or most powerful car in the world. Cars carrying
A Type R should provide an involving experience that is as near to           the Red ‘H’ badge promise to provide a well-engineered and              Honda R&D in conjunction with JAS Motorsport.
driving a race car as possible. And the Civic Type R delivers just           exciting driving experience. Honda was not prepared to get
that. The engine is still a raucous, rev-happy screamer. The rigidity        involved in a “horsepower war” with other car builders – we could       Why doesn’t the car have independent rear suspension?
of the body and the suspension settings were developed especially            have chased higher power figures, but that would mean                   With this Type R, we wanted to create a better all-round car. That
for the Type R to provide responsive and communicative chassis               compromising the way the car feels to drive. We’ve also stayed true     meant making it even more versatile and easy to use everyday. To
dynamics. In short, the Type R is still raw, it still has an ‘edge’ and it   to the Type R philosophy of maintaining a normally-aspirated            free-up space in the rear (thus increasing room for suitcases,
still delivers a thrilling and involving driving experience – it’s just a    engine, to give smoother acceleration (so we haven’t just strapped      shopping, IKEA bookcases etc), we used torsion beam type
bit easier to live with.                                                     a big turbo on, and then dealt with the problems sometimes              suspension, as in the Civic 5-door. There are also some dynamic
                                                                             associated with forced induction).                                      advantages gained by using torsion beam suspension, namely an
What’s with this Type R GT?                                                                                                                          increase in rigidity during cornering to a level higher than the
There are two grades of Type R, the standard Type R, and the GT              When developing this car, the aim was to make the driver feel           lateral forces – which improves handling through tighter bends.
model which has extra equipment, like cruise control, front fog              totally integrated to give the most rewarding driving experience.
lights and air con.                                                          From the driving position, to the engine note, to the steering feel –   When does it go on sale?
                                                                             the Type R competes with the best.                                      The Civic Type R is officially on sale on 1 March, 2007.

    We know there are hundreds of press packs that make this claim, but the new Civic Type R
    truly is an evolution, not a revolution. Our approach was to look at the outgoing Type R and
    analyse what we did right, and (perhaps more importantly) what we did wrong. We then
    set about creating a Type R with the best bits from the old car, while sorting the bits that
    weren’t so good.
    To help us identify these areas, we looked to both you, the press, and our customers.
    Our engineers have kept their ears to the ground for the last seven years. Since the
    previous Civic Type R was launched to the press, they’ve listened and read
    comments, appraisals, criticism, applause and moans from the media and from
    customers. It’s something that Honda does very well: we’re good listeners. We’re
    constantly taking on board the views of experts and those in our markets, and we
    use that constructive feedback to build better cars. It’s a simple concept, but not many manufacturers do it as well as we do (for a great
    example, see ‘From petrolhead to production’, page 40).

    So what did you say about the previous Civic Type R? Well, you said this:
      “Ride comfort is firm, occasionally bordering on agitated.” Autocar
      “The only real downside is that the ride is noticeably harsher around town – but it’s noticeable rather than uncomfortable.”
      Scotland on Sunday
      “Below about 3,500rpm this variable valve-timed 2.0-litre, four cylinder VTEC unit feels and performs more like a 1.6, with passable
      but hardly hair raising performance... The ride’s firm, no getting away from it, while the test car had a decent helping of tyre noise
      that you might find wearying over longer trips.” Nottingham Evening Post
      “Look at the figures: that 200bhp doesn't peak until 7,400rpm, and the somewhat puny 145lb.ft of torque until 6,500 rpm. It's
      brilliant once you get there – but at the price of frantic accelerator action, sticking in gears far lower than feels natural and having to
      go all out, all the time, to get remotely sporting responses at lower revs and lower speeds.” 4Car
      “On country lanes, the ride from the Civic Type R is harsh, bumpy and noisy. In town, it’s fine, except for the odd crash down a pot-
      hole, with a thump that could remove your teeth…You just can’t drive permanently at over 6,000rpm on normal roads.” Daily Star

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                                                                                                                                                 The Type R philosophy
And we listened, then used your views to shape the direction for the new Civic Type R, identifying problem areas and those we wished             Background
to improve. The parts of the outgoing car you loved, we kept – partly the reason the engine remains the same unit, for example.                  The Type R name was introduced by Honda Motorcycles, where the letter R was added to
                                                                                                                                                 conventional bike names to indicate a performance derivative. For example, the CB – a
Our customers also had something to say. As well as agreeing with some of the press comments, they called for more comfort, less                 standard 4-cylinder across-the-frame bike – became the CB-R, a sporting model.
noise and extra equipment. In short, they wanted a better level of refinement. Here’s an example of just one comment from an owner:
                                                                                                                                                 The first Type R
“Lots of small things let the car down. Noise levels are pretty bad. I want to tear the arse off it on a B-road, but I also want to drive from   The earliest Type R car was the Honda NSX-R, a stripped-down, lightweight version of
London to Edinburgh without getting a headache!”                                                                                                 the NSX supercar. This was developed in response to claims the NSX did not have
                                                                                                                                                 enough power to compete with rival cars from Porsche and Ferrari. The key factor in
While existing customers were demanding a more refined Type R – so, vitally, were our target customers. In general, car buyers are now           this argument – and a point proved by the NSX-R – was the importance of the
looking for comfort as well as performance from a hot hatch – and potential Type R drivers were put off by the ‘stripped-out’ character of       power to weight ratio.
the old car. Company car drivers, in particular, decided they couldn’t live with its hardcore nature. And many women also thought the
car was a bit too extreme for regular use.                                                                                                       The NSX-R epitomised Honda’s approach to creating high performance cars, and every subsequent Type R vehicle has been built to
                                                                                                                                                 conform to certain principles. Each follows a certain Type R philosophy.
So the new Type R had to be easier to use everyday, and that became a key factor in the development of the car. But while we wanted it
to be more usable and attractive to a broader group of drivers, we didn’t want to build a car that felt sterile and sanitised to drive. It had   Philosophy
to follow the Type R philosophy (see overleaf ), and therefore it had to offer a pure, involving, race-car-like experience. It had to remain     The Type R philosophy is not about building the most powerful, or fastest car in the world. It is about creating a car that provides a well-
raw.                                                                                                                                             engineered, but exciting driving experience. To offer this, every Type R needs to have certain key characteristics:

Fans of the old car who appreciated the stripped-out, race-like feel won’t be disappointed. This new incarnation is still raw and edgy. It’s     • Racing
still a pure, exhilarating drive. In fact, it’s even more involving for the driver.                                                                An exhilarating driving experience similar to that felt when piloting a racing car

So Honda has created a car that aims to successfully combine two characters: the famed raw Type R appeal and a level of comfort and              • Involvement
refinement. This Civic is both raw and refined. You could say, it’s rawfined…                                                                      High levels of feedback and involvement in terms of sound, steering response and handling. The driver should feel part of the
Price comparison
               Honda Civic Type R Honda Civic Type R GT VW Golf GTi SEAT Leon Cupra                 Ford Focus ST 1    Volvo C30 T5 Sport        • Not just speed
                                                                                                                                                   Going fast is part of the Type R experience, but not everything. The Type R should have above average levels of performance in gear
Price (OTR)           £17,600                 £18,600             £20,360           £19,595             £17,995              £22,995               change quality, braking, steering and handling

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                                                                          The history of Type R
• Pure                                                                    February 1992: Honda engineers, with the invaluable advice of Ayrton Senna, set about developing the
  The driving experience should not be diluted or interfered              race performance of the NSX. The NSX-R is thus born. Major changes include a more aggressive
  with by intrusive driving aids or excessive sound proofing              suspension and an extensive weight reduction (removing audio, electric windows, and air conditioning)
  that could detract from the driver’s involvement                        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
Engineering                                                               withstand the stresses of racing. It is finished in Championship White paint and the Red H emblem of
To meet the aims set by the philosophy, a different                       the RA 272, the first Honda Formula 1 car to win a Grand Prix. Production is limited to 1,995 units.
approach is taken during the design and development of
a Type R. Therefore, each car possesses a special set of                  September 1995: Honda announces the launch of the DC2 Integra Type-R. The Integra Type-R is
engineering qualities.                                                    powered by the B18C 1.8-litre DOHC VTEC engine, specifically developed for the Integra Type-R,
                                                                          with 200bhp at 8,000rpm.                                                                                     NSX-R
• Normally aspirated
  No bolting on of a turbocharger to give silly                           Fumiyasu Suga, the assistant chief engineer for Type R, declares that in order to make a true race engine,
  power figures. All Type R engines are normally-                         some parts must be built and finished by hand; in particular, the assembly of the engine, balancing parts,
  aspirated, which deliver smoother power                                 porting and polishing.
  delivery throughout the rev range, allowing
  power to be transferred through the chassis                             Honda engineers buff the cylinders by hand to remove any slight imperfections, resulting in an increase
  more easily, improving traction and                                     in performance of 10bhp.
                                                                          Standard equipment includes a helical LSD, sports suspension, a front lip spoiler, a rear spoiler, alloy
• Torsional rigidity                                                      wheels, a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, Recaro seats, and a titanium gearshift knob.
  A stiffer chassis improves the handling of the car in terms of
  balance and adjustability. This makes for a more involving drive        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
• Simple technology                                                       features a new valve system allowing higher engine speeds, reduced engine friction, improved                 Integra Type-R
  Each Type R is based on clever, but simple engineering solutions        breathing, and increased compression ratio.
  rather than relying solely on electronic gadgetry
                                                                          Main improvements to handling include increased body rigidity, reduced weight, sports suspension, torque-
                                                                          sensitive helical LSD, sports-tuned ABS, and Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tyres.

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January 1998: The Accord Type-R goes on sale in the UK, with a tweaked H22A 2.2-litre VTEC
engine on board. In addition, the Accord Type-R boasts a limited-slip-diff, 17-inch alloy
wheels, Recaro seats and a stiffer chassis.
                                                                                                         Accord Type-R
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 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine that produces 197bhp at 7,400rpm. The
Civic Type-R goes on to sell over 35,000 units and pick up numerous awards.
                                                                                                         2001 Civic Type-R
February 2006: The Civic Type R Concept, based on a three-door version of the 2006
Civic is unveiled at Geneva Motor Show.                                                                  2007 Civic Type R
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
201PS, but suspension is tuned to give crisp handling and sharper steering response.

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     Engine and transmission
     The engine (it’s the same, but different)
     The Type R continues to be powered by the naturally-aspirated, high-revving 2.0 litre DOHC
     i-VTEC engine, mated to a 6-speed manual. It produces 201PS at 7,800rpm. So why didn't
     we put a bigger, more powerful, turbocharged lump in there?

     That question is answered in part by the Type R philosophy, a mantra followed in the
     approach to developing any new Type R. The philosophy says that all Type Rs must be
     pure, balanced and offer a smooth power delivery. For this reason, all Type R cars are
     supplied with normally-aspirated (ie. not forced induction) engines under the

     The second part of the answer is just as simple: it’s not all about big power
     figures. While mighty PS claims might make the headlines (or win at Top Trumps), Honda is more concerned about creating a
     performance car with balance. There’s absolutely no doubt that our engineers could strap a huge blower on to the i-VTEC engine and get
     monster results at the flywheel – but it would likely be at the cost of its smooth power delivery or stable cornering under acceleration.

     Take a look at the table below. It shows all of our potential rivals and their respective performance figures. Go on, take a close look –
     don’t mind us. We’re not ashamed of our ‘lowly’ power claims compared to the competition. Quite the opposite: we’re proud to stay true
     to our engineering beliefs, and proud to stick closely to the Type R philosophy.

     Performance figures
                         Honda Civic Type R       VW Golf GTi            Ford Focus ST         SEAT Leon Cupra      Volvo C30
     Engine                 2.0 i-VTEC            2.0 FSI Turbo      2.5 Duratec 5-cyl turbo    2.0 FSI Turbo 2.5 Duratec 5-cyl turbo
     PS                         201                    200                    225                    240               217
     Torque (lb.ft)             142                    207                    236                    221               236
     0-62mph (secs)             6.6                    7.2                    6.8                     6.4              6.2
     Top speed (mph)            146                    146                    152                    153               149
     Combined (mpg)              31                   34.9                    30.4                   32.8              32.5
     CO2 (g/km)                 215                    194                    224                    214               208

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“The Honda K-series is a race engine - it’s as simple as that”

       Name: Stuart Pridham                                                                                                The final part of the argument is unremarkable, but perhaps of most importance: we stuck with the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine because it’s
                                                                                                                           good. And you (and thousands of customers) told us so.
       Who: Type R enthusiast, founder of
                                                                                                                           “Quite simply, this slightly gawky looking Japanese three-door possesses one of the most exhilarating and satisfying drivetrains of
       On the K20A engine                                                                                                  any car currently on sale, irrespective of price. With due allowance for size and power, its 197bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder VTEC engine is
       “In my opinion the greatest, normally-aspirated, modern 4-pot engine is the Honda K-series – and if you asked any   right up there with the power units of the Ferrari 360M, Porsche 911 GT3 and BMW M3 CSL.” – Autocar
       enthusiast or even any engineer they would almost certainly say the same. It’s a race engine – it’s as simple as
       that. To have a mass-produced engine that revs to 8,000rpm? It’s a race engine, and that’s why people love it.”     “Thanks to its racing pedigree, the Civic's engine is a real joy. While the driver will have to push it right up to the red line to access the
                                                                                                                           best performance, the noise from the four-cylinder powerplant is incredible and the snappy gearchanges are faultless.” – Auto Express
       On the transmission
       “You definitely couldn’t find a better engine with a better transmission. It’s one of the best gearboxes ever       But while it had its fans, we knew the engine wasn’t perfect. Enthusiastic drivers have always loved the rev-happy nature of the 2.0-litre
       built. From cars that cost £5,000 to £100k supercars, there’s no better transmission out there. And when you        Type R unit, but even they would argue that the high-rpm 'power band' couldn't be reached often enough, given that the cam change
       consider this one is in a sub-£20k Civic, it makes it even more special. It’s not just the performance either,      was fixed at almost 6,000rpm. You had to really be pushing the car to make the engine work, and while that was fun on an open road
       it’s the reliability. I’ve crunched plenty of them at ridiculous revs and they just come back for more!”            with plenty of space – it wasn’t ideal for everyday driving. How many times would the engine reach peak rpm on a trip to the
                                                                                                                           supermarket, for example?
       On tuning the Honda K-series
       “This 2.0-litre engine is loved by Honda fans, but it’s also respected by general car enthusiasts and               Therefore, changing the characteristics of the engine to make the car easier to drive was an important part of the engineers' brief. Of
       those into other makes. It’s a lot to do with the Ariel Atom having Honda engines for the past few years.           course, the real challenge was doing this while retaining the raw, high revving performance so loved by Type R fans. When Honda’s
       Because of that, the K-series became seen as a transplantable engine and appears in loads of other                  engine experts talk about their recent work on the 2.0-litre, they mention creating a “richer content” for the engine and a “different
       makes of car and also a few kit cars. But the main reason the petrolheads like the engine is because                character”, while keeping the power and torque at similar levels.
       it’s so tuneable. It doesn’t take much to unleash more power from the thing. Most people put an
       aftermarket exhaust on first, then change the induction system. ECU remaps can also get you big                     Creating that “richer content” for the engine
       gains.”                                                                                                             Firstly, the high-rev VTEC range (that 'power band') was made broader and more accessible. ECU software adjustments have lowered the
                                                                                                                           switch to high-lift, long-duration valve timing (the cam change), so that it takes place at a 'within-reach' 5,400rpm, and then continues
       On Type R heritage                                                                                                  all the way to 8,000rpm. And a new i-VTEC indicator just to the right of the digital speedometer is illuminated once the revs rise above
       “As well as being quick, Type R engines always have to be reliable – it’s part of the car’s history.                5,400rpm – not that you'll have time to look at the dash!
       It’s all down to the Honda engineering, which is not just about putting a big turbo on and hoping
       for the best. As far as I can see, Honda engineering is about getting some of the best engineers                    The high speed cam itself has been given a more aggressive profile, increasing lift and contributing to an overall increase in torque.
       in the world to build a normally-aspirated engine that produces big power, safely.”                                 Meanwhile, techniques similar to those used on the engine in the Honda NSX have been used to smooth and polish the cylinder head
                                                                                                                           ports, significantly improving flow.

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The intake manifold from the outgoing Type R engine has been replaced with a                                                               200             The engine in detail

                                                                                          Torque (lb.ft)
new design that incorporates an air flow resonator. This complex shaping of the                                                                            The 2.0-litre K-series combines Honda’s VTEC system, which varies the timing and amount
manifold helps to increase torque, especially at the point of the cam change, so                                                                           of lift of the valves (see page 28), with VTC (Variable Timing Control). VTC is able to
there is less of a drop off in performance at this stage.                                                                                                  advance and retard inlet valve opening by altering the phasing of the inlet camshaft to
                                                                                                                                                           best match the engine load at any given moment.
These engine modifications work together to increase maximum revs to an
astonishing 8,000rpm. The engine screams to its peak power of 201PS at                                                                                     The two systems work together under the close control of the engine management
7,800rpm (previously 200PS at 7,400rpm).                                                 150                                               150             system, delivering improved cylinder charging and combustion efficiency, reduced
                                                                                                                                                           intake resistance, and improved exhaust gas re-circulation.
Well, we say scream, but the sound of the engine is now more of a guttural howl,         130
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                                                                                                                                             Output (PS)
that becomes a rasping shriek as the revs rise towards the red line. This                110                             New Type R                        Honda's clever i-VTEC technology can maximise engine potential over its complete
enhanced aural pleasure is the result of tweaks to the internal structure of the air                                                                       range of operation, and a particularly flat, linear torque curve produced by this
filter box, and the inclusion of an air flow meter. As well as improving the sound of        90                                                            engine is testimony to its effectiveness: At just 2,500rpm, the engine delivers 90 per cent of the maximum torque available. As a result,
the engine inside the cabin, air flow is increased, aiding overall performance.                                                                            acceleration feels smooth and progressive.
Also new for the 2007 unit is drive-by-wire throttle control and a light-weight                            1 2   3   4 5 6 7 8 9                           Under the control of the VTEC system, the valves remain open for a longer duration at high engine speeds to give the gases sufficient
forged chrome molybdenum flywheel – both of which help make the engine more                                          RPM x 1000                            time to overcome their inertia. At low and mid range engine speeds, where valves opening for too long would allow intake charge to
responsive. A new balancer unit is also employed to reduce vibration – thus              One of the first things you’ll notice when driving the            leak back out and exhaust gases to leak back into the cylinder, the valves remain open for a shorter duration. The result is optimised
contributing to a reduction in noise levels – and increase smoothness. VTEC              latest Type R is that the power delivery – and the cam            gas flows to provide good top-end output together with low and mid-range flexibility.
                                                                                         change – is much smoother compared to the old car.
variable valve timing and VTC variable inlet camshaft technology continue to             Before, the swap to high-lift cam was very noticeable:
underpin the engine structure.                                                           there was a hesitation and a slight decrease in torque            The switch to the high lift, long duration operation at high engine speeds is achieved by locking the rocker arms operating each pair of
                                                                                         as the revs rose. This has been ‘ironed out’ in the new           inlet and each pair of exhaust valves to a third high lift rocker arm (one on the intake side, one on the exhaust side) by means of a
The result of the changes to the 2.0-litre i-VTEC is an engine that delivers its         car. Now the torque curve is more linear and that                 hydraulically-activated pin.
                                                                                         downward blip is reversed. The transition to high rpm
power more smoothly, cleanly and that feels more refined to drive. But it’s also         cam is much cleaner – in fact, it’s hardly noticeable.
retained those raw, race-car-like and on-the-limit qualities that make Type R such                                                                         The VTC system takes into consideration engine load and involves the engine control unit varying the inlet camshaft position relative to
an exhilarating car to drive. It is as quick as the old car for example – an             This graphic also shows clearly the wider VTEC band               that of the exhaust camshaft by means of a hydraulically driven, compact vane-type pump located on the front end of the inlet camshaft.
adjustment in gear ratios allowing for the heavier weight of the body (see               created by the engine tweaks. Now the cam change
                                                                                         occurs earlier and lasts longer – which means more
transmission section below) – but importantly, although it is easier to drive (and       fun for the driver, more often!                                   During periods of high engine load (i.e. acceleration), VTC is set at a relatively small degree of valve overlap which provides the optimum
more comfortable), it still feels quick; it gives the driver a ‘racing experience’.                                                                        output, the valve opening angle fully utilising the inertia effect of the intake air. In addition, as engine speed builds, the VTEC mechanism
                                                                                                                                                           switches from the low speed cam to the high speed cam (i.e. optimal torque to optimal power), but with the same degree of overlap.

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So what’s VTEC then?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Did You Know?

The history                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There has never been a reported
                                                                                                                                            In contrast, at high engine speeds in situations where the engine is not under heavy load,            failure of a Honda VTEC system,
As is nearly always the case with a Honda innovation, VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System) was the result of     for example during motorway cruising, there is much greater valve overlap and this is
a dream: a dream to achieve 100hp per litre.                                                                                                                                                                                                     anywhere in the world, ever. Incredible
                                                                                                                                            advantageous in reducing pumping losses, maximising the exhaust gas recirculation effect            isn’t it? It’s a comforting thought when
The man with the dream was Ikuo Kajitani, Large Project Leader for Engine Development. At the time he was working on the next Honda         for reduced NOx levels and providing the best balance between fuel consumption and                 screaming your Type R to 7,950rpm
Integra, but it was 1986, and his vision for such performance from a 1.6-litre engine seemed preposterous. It would mean raising the        output.                                                                                           during a manic overtaking manoeuvre on
maximum rpm to 8,000 – thus increasing the forces and loads on internal engine parts – but the Integra still had to meet mass-                                                                                                               the A508. But it’s also very typically Honda.
production reliability targets. To say it would be a challenge was a huge understatement.                                                   Finally, at idle and low engine speeds during light load conditions, inlet valve opening        We don’t win all those reliability awards for
                                                                                                                                            is retarded for minimal overlap, generating strong swirl and therefore good mixing.            nothing, you know…
However, Kajitani’s team of engineers took on the challenge, and – after three years of research, development and testing – they
                                                                                                                                            EGR is reduced and this stabilises combustion.
combined to produce an engine with a complex, but tough and lightweight valve operating system. VTEC was born and Kajitani’s dream
was realised. The 1989 Honda Integra DOHC VTEC had a 1.6-litre engine that produced 160hp at 7,600rpm and redlined at 8,000rpm.
The VTEC technology was later adapted for use in the NSX, Accord and Civic.                                                                 6-speed manual transmission
                                                                                                                                            The DOHC i-VTEC engine is mated to a 6-speed close-ratio manual gearbox. Like the engine, all the best bits of the 'box have been kept,
How does it work?
                                                                                                                                            while designers and engineers have worked on improving certain areas to increase driver enjoyment.
Most road cars spend a lot of their time at low rpm, and only occasionally at high rpm. The ideal engine then would suit both
requirements, with valves that open wide for maximum performance at high rpm, and only open a fraction at low rpm to save fuel. And         The transmission is matched to a high performance clutch, which uses a light-weight flywheel for quicker response and fast changes
Honda’s VTEC technology does just that.                                                                                                     between gears. These quick shifts are enhanced by triple cone synchronisers for the first and second gears, as well as carbonised
VTEC is an electronic and mechanical valve control system that effectively allows the engine to have multiple camshafts. As the engine      synchronisers on third, fifth and sixth gears – ensuring gear changes are speedy and precise.
moves into different rpm ranges, the engine's computer can activate alternate lobes on the camshaft and change the cam's timing. In
this way, the engine gets the best features of low-speed and high-speed camshafts in the same engine.                                       We also worked hard to improve the shift feel in the new car, so gear lever stroke has been shortened and lightened, to give a more
                                                                                                                                            'race' feel to the transmission.
Each cylinder of a standard DOHC engine has four valves and thus four cam lobes, each directly operating a valve. But in a Honda VTEC
engine, there are two more cam lobes, in between each pair of standard lobes. These ‘extra’ two are high rpm lobes, while the other four
                                                                                                                                                                                                       As well as the number of improvements made to the engine to make power
are the low rpm lobes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      more accessible, more often, the gearbox plays a vital role, as the final drive
As the engine accelerates through the rev range, it passes through the power peak of the low-rpm lobes. Then, at an engine speed and                                                                 ratio has been lowered, from 4.764 to 5.062.
throttle position programmed into the car’s computer map, a signal is sent which electronically opens a valve to direct oil pressure to a
mechanical sliding pin. This pin locks the rocker arms operating the valves to the cam follower on the high rpm cam lobe, meaning just
this steeper, higher lift lobe is now the only one effective.
The valve timing and the engine's power band are thus altered for maximum performance – and it all happens within milliseconds.

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Chassis                                                                    Developing the chassis

As you may have read earlier in this pack, an important part of the        This graphic might look confusing at first, but on
Type R philosophy is to make the driving experience as involving           closer examination it’s a great insight into the targets                                             Turning
as possible – and most responsibility for this lies in the chassis         of our R&D engineers. It’s called a spider diagram,
                                                                                                                                       Acceleration response                                            Response
dynamics.                                                                  and if you haven’t seen one before, the premise is
                                                                           fairly simple. The goals of the R&D team                                                                               nd
As with the development of the engine, the chassis was seen                responsible for Type R are listed around the edge                                                                           gS
as an evolution: with the best handling characteristics from               of the circle, and then points are placed around

                                                                                                                                                                                                                y           Stability

the old car retained and improved upon, and any problem                    the rings of the diagram to indicate the actual          Acceleration

                                                                                                                                                     r m
areas addressed.                                                           performance of existing cars (eg. rivals and

                                                                           current models). The closer to the outside of
The new Type R had to be rewarding to drive, but it also                   a circle the point is placed, the better the
had to be predictable and easy to adjust. Honda                            performance in that area.                                                                                                                                    High
engineers often talk about the 'balance' of a car. And                                                                         Top speed                                                                                                Speed
                                                                                                                                                                                  2004 Type R

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Steering Fe
that's exactly what Type R needed. It had to feel like a                   This diagram on the Civic Type R shows                                                                                                                       on-centre
                                                                                                                                                                                  Golf GTi
race car – but still be easy to drive every day. It                        the direction of the team when they
                                                                                                                                                                                  New Type R
needed to be as comfortable on a trip to the shops                         approached the new car. It’s clear
on bumpy British roads as it was on a smooth                               from the goals the team set, that

racetrack. It had to give the driver precise steering                      early in the development they
feel, but still be manoeuvrable. It required a                             identified the need to retain the                   Road                                                                                                    Linearity
precise balance.                                                           already       fine     performing
                                                                           characteristics, and improve on
Engineers from Honda R&D in Offenbach,                                     specific areas. It’s that                                                       NV                                                    rt
Germany, studied the negative criticism aimed                              evolution not revolution thing                                                                                                 Co
                                                                                                                                         Eng. Noise                                                  ng               Suspension
at past Type Rs and looked at rival hot                                    we were blathering on about                                                                                            ivi
                                                                                                                                                                                                Dr                    Stroke Feeling
hatches to see what else was offered –                                     earlier. The VW Golf GTi was
noting each car's behaviour under certain                                  just one rival used as a
                                                                                                                                                            Interior Noise                 Harshness
conditions. They also looked at what made                                  benchmark in the R&D                                                             (at 80mph cruise)
the previous Type R great to drive, and                                    stage, and is shown on
aimed to maintain these qualities in the                                   this chart, alongside the
new design (see Developing the chassis).                                   2004-spec Civic Type-R.

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“This car had to quicken the pulse of the driver”
Comments from the dynamic chassis engineers, led by Isao Akimoto (pictured)                                                                        The chassis in detail
                                                                                                                                                   The Civic 5-door’s MacPherson strut/torsion beam chassis – a popular configuration in
On the aims
                                                                                                                                                   Europe – provides the basis for the Civic Type R. Much of the development of the chassis
“The aim of this car is to make people smile when they look at it, but for their smiles to widen and their hearts to beat faster when they drive   was carried out in Europe, with European drivers, to ensure ride and handling
it – this is the element we think is missing from cars from VW and Audi. The Type R makes you feel alive. It is fun to drive and invigorating.     characteristics suited the roads and the customers. As the UK is by far the biggest
We like to think of it as three stages of smile: one when you look at the car, two when you sit in it, and three when you drive – the smile        market for Type R in Europe, much consideration and time was spent setting the car up
should get bigger at each stage.”                                                                                                                  for British roads.
On European demands
“Firstly, it was a challenge. It wouldn’t have been so difficult to create another VW Golf, for example, but we wanted to boost the positives
                                                                                                                                                   At the front is a MacPherson strut design featuring a high castor setting and a quick
of the previous Type R, and deliver the refinement demanded by Europe. And this Type R had to be a car that would quicken the pulse
                                                                                                                                                   steering ratio for excellent response to driver input. The stiffness of the front end
of the driver.”                                                                                                                                    further reduces vibrations, thereby improving overall comfort and refinement.
On the steering
“As the Type R has outstanding engine performance, it needed to have good handling and sharp steering. When Honda developed                        At the rear the torsion beam configuration has been used to give sharper steering response and more stable cornering ability –
the 5-door Civic, we started using a more expensive, more sophisticated high performance electric power steering system. It’s                      arguably two areas of weakness on the outgoing Type R. High-response mono tube dampers are used, with coil springs, and both have
actually the same system as used in the Legend – which is a luxury E sector car, so it’s high standard.                                            been tuned especially for this Type R.
“This EPS system enabled us to better modify the weight of the steering. We did a lot of endurance testing in Europe to determine
                                                                                                                                                   Torsion beam-type suspension was selected to maintain a good balance between the demands of packaging, performance and weight.
the individual settings. As a guide, the Civic 5-door has the lightest feel, Type S is heavier, but Type R is the heaviest, which gives
                                                                                                                                                   Importantly, the torsion beam used on the Civic also makes the cabin a much nicer place to be as NVH levels are improved (the 'old'
the most responsive feel.”
                                                                                                                                                   Type R was often criticised for being noisy). It also increases cornering rigidity, thus contributes to the overall improvement in stability
On the suspension                                                                                                                                  in bends.
“The torsion beam type suspension works well during cornering and more spirited driving and the car feels well balanced.
The centre of gravity is right in the centre of the vehicle, which reduces inertia movement and further improves handling                          This stability is further enhanced by a lowering of the ride height by 15mm and an increase in the rear track to 20mm wider than that
performance. We think the handling of this vehicle is very responsive and well balanced.”                                                          of the Civic 5-door. As well as making the car feel more balanced in the bends, it also means it’s more adjustable when cornering on
                                                                                                                                                   the throttle.
On the passion behind Type R
“Type R embodies Honda’s DNA – it represents our racing spirit and the fun-to-drive characteristics. All Honda engineers                           Meanwhile, an advanced, efficient electric power steering system (EPS) has been given an advanced Type R setting to provide
aim to create a vehicle they would enjoy driving, and so all engineers want to be part of creating a car like Type R. We                           optimum steering feel and weighting at all speeds. Compared to a hydraulic system there are loads of benefits, including a lower
love cars and driving, and to us, the job is an extension of our hobbies.”                                                                         inertia, increased rigidity, lower friction, improved NVH and lower fuel consumption.

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     The 5-door Civic already offers one of the stiffest body structures in the C-segment. However, the Type R is even more rigid. There is
     extra strengthening of the floor cross member just ahead of the central fuel tank, around the upper front suspension mountings and
     in the lower cross member at the front of the engine bay, to create an even stiffer platform upon which the suspension can work to
     its full potential.
     In addition, heavier and firmer steering feel, a quicker ratio and stiffer steering box mountings all provide more precise responses to
     steering wheel input.
     As well as providing far more predictable handling characteristics than its predecessor, the damper and spring settings deliver
     enhanced ride comfort – in keeping with the need to make the car easier to use everyday.
                                                                                                                        Best-in-class braking
     Perhaps the most important consideration when developing a performance car is the                                  Large front discs, EBD and brake assist all
     effectiveness of the brakes, and in the new Type R, Honda engineers have created a set-up                          contribute to class-leading stopping distance
     that stops the car amazingly fast in both wet and dry conditions (see diagram, below).                             figures for the latest Type R

     It's down to a combination of large ventilated discs at the front (300mm), 260mm
     solid discs at the rear, and the application of Electronic Brake force Distribution,
                                                                                                       Total Stopping Distance (dry and wet)
     which adjusts front-to-rear brake effort to achieve maximum braking performance
     and stability. Further intervention is provided by a brake assist system, which      Civic Type R 39.2 (dry) / 45.0 (wet) 84.2
     functions during emergency braking. All Type Rs are also equipped with ABS.
     VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) is standard – but has an exclusive setting for            BMW 120i  40.1 (dry) / 45.0 (wet)       85.1
     Type R. The VSA system is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control
     during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying brake
     force to the right or left hand wheels as necessary and managing the                  VW Golf GTI     40.6 (dry) / 45.5 (wet)
     throttle and ignition systems. The system is calibrated to provide stability
     and predictability, without stifling the driving enjoyment of the carefully       04M Civic Type-R                       40.9 (dry) / 51.0 (wet)
     engineered chassis. The VSA system can be switched on or off using a
     button on the dashboard.                                                       Distance (metres) 80 82 84 86 88                                    90   92   94

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“This car is worthy of the Red ‘H’ badge”                                                   Design and styling
                                                                                            Let's face it, it wasn't going to be difficult to make the Type R look good – after all, it’s
           Name: Toshiya Sakai                                                              based on the body shape of the already stunning, extremely sporty 5-door Civic.

           Role: New Large Project Leader, Civic Type R                                     But the Concept vehicle still managed to draw a satisfying gasp from onlookers when it
                                                                                            debuted at Geneva in 2006. The former Large Project Leader of Type R, Mikio Suzuki,
           On the feeling                                                                   talks about his aim to create "the ultimate sporting Honda", and acknowledges that
                                                                                            the look of the car is key to attracting the target customer for this new Type R. "Of
           “Looking at this Civic Type R, strong, aggressive, sporty and energetic images   course, how the car looks is very important," he says. "The previous model used to
           float through my mind.”                                                          attract mostly younger drivers, but with this new model we’ve developed a Type R
                                                                                            that will attract a more mature driver as well. I’m very proud of the outcome."
           On living up to the name
                                                                                            When Suzuki-san says 'mature', he doesn't mean 'pensioner'. What the LPL
           “I believe this car is worthy of the red ‘H’ badge, which is a symbol of a
                                                                                            perhaps refers to is the more corporate customer, the grown-up buyer of hot
           true Type R. I think everyone will feel the same way once they have
                                                                                            hatches who appreciates the performance, and wants his or her car to look
           experienced the engine with much higher rpm compared to the
                                                                                            sporting, but not 'boy racer'.
           previous model, and sharp and comfortable handling produced by a
           refined chassis set-up.”
                                                                                            As a result, the unique styling features on Type R are subtle and fully integrated, and were considered when the shape of Civic was conceived.
                                                                                            "The old Civic Type R looked like it had been thought about after the original design," says Suzuki. "We were already thinking about Type R
           On what’s next for Type R                                                        when this Civic was designed."
           “I would like to keep developing this Civic Type R to become a
           car which represents Honda’s sporty image. I think this Type R                   It's also the reason for more discreet Type R badging on this incarnation, although logos do feature throughout – most prominently on the
           is a car that offers an exceptional blend of fast acceleration                   front callipers and more subtly on the stainless steel door sill treads.
           and ride comfort. I would like to continue developing the car
           to be much sportier, more like what Honda and Type R

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did You Know?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The red 'H' badge only ever appears on
Exterior design                                                                                                                                    NVH has also been significantly reduced by adopting a torque rod type engine mounting and a             Honda Type Rs and our racing cars.
While the new Civic Type R shares the same silhouette as the Civic 5-door, it has a                                                                front sub-frame. Other noise suppression measures include a lightweight anti-noise body                Records show that it was first used on
number of features that set it apart and further emphasise the coupé-like shape of the                                                             structure that integrates a foam agent in the lower sections, an anti-noise undercoat, an             RA271, Honda’s first Formula 1 car that
body shell in profile.                                                                                                                             absorption roof lining and dashboard insulating material.                                            competed at the Nürburgring in 1964 with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ronnie Bucknam at the wheel. Although there
The doors, rear three-quarter panels, lower sills, and front and rear bumpers are                                                                  Easy access to and exit from the interior and good general usability are essential in a C          have been many R bikes, these carry the Honda
unique to 3-door Civics. In particular, the lower edge of the rear side window tapers                                                              segment car which is likely to be used for a wide range of purposes. Honda has therefore       'wings' badge.
upwards more steeply for a more sporty profile.                                                                                                    provided doors with three stage opening to assist in a variety of situations: an initial 24
                                                                                                                                                   degrees (328mm) opening; an intermediate 44 degrees (722mm) opening; and a class-
Sculpted side skirts flare outwards and blend seamlessly into the front and rear                                                                   leading 58 degrees (988mm) when fully open.
wheelarch surrounds. These in turn flow into the front and rear spoilers to
complete the lower body structure, all of which is finished in the body colour.                                                                    An electrically assisted tailgate release offers better operation, eliminates a release
                                                                                                                                                   handle and enhances vehicle security since there is no cable.
The deep front spoiler and large air intake are possibly the most aggressive
styling features at the front end (although that intake does do a job, allowing
a clearer flow of air to the induction system). Meanwhile, a black honeycomb
mesh grille replaces the central glass panel of the Civic 5-door, and this houses the all important red 'H' badge (see opposite page).

To give another indication of its potency, the Type R sits on 18-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, tucked under the wheelarches due to the 15mm
drop in ride height.

Type R GT models feature large triangular front foglamps, the triangular shape of which mirrors the large exhaust tailpipes at the rear. At the
back, a distinct body-coloured tailgate rear spoiler follows the kick-up line from the rear quarter windows, and provides added downforce, as
well as giving the effect of a more aerodynamic shape.

Civic family architecture
All Civics feature an undercover extending from bumper to bumper for greater aerodynamic efficiency. The Civic also aims for best in class NVH
characteristics, so the shape of the door mirror profile has minimised wind noise, while the new flat blade wipers are a key element in arriving
at a very low windscreen noise. Further contributions come from the use of lightweight and noise absorbing materials and pillar shape.

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From petrolhead to production

       Three years ago, a group of Type R fans from the UK were invited to west London to meet a
       team of Honda designers and engineers. These ‘hardcore’ enthusiasts took part in a          Those ideas that became a production reality
       consultation meeting about a proposed Type R, based on the then forthcoming eighth
       generation Civic.                                                                           The central rev counter
                                                                                                   “The old Civic had a pretty standard dash, and we suggested looking at performance cars a little bit
       As usual, Honda listened to its customers, took the feedback on board, and incorporated     further up the ladder – things like the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo. Those both had large rev
       the passionate ideas of real Type R nuts into the development of the latest performance     counters as the central display in the dash board, and we liked that idea. We thought it would work
       Civic. Stuart Pridham was one of those fans consulted. He tells his story…                  perfectly with the Type R.”

       “When we were invited down to Honda, I was a bit sceptical at first, but they asked us      The i-VTEC indicator
       to bring a few of our members’ modified Civic Type Rs for inspiration, so it was clear
                                                                                                   “People have been adding these lights to VTEC-engined Hondas for years. They light up when the
       someone was quite serious.
                                                                                                   cam changes over. On the last Civic Type R a few of us put them in place of the hazard warning light.
                                                                                                   You can have them in all sorts of different colours. One of the cars we brought down to Honda had
       “We met with several Japanese designers and R&D people, who didn’t speak any
                                                                                                   a VTEC indicator light fitted, and the designers were very interested in it. They took loads of photos,
       English but had a translator working with them. I gave a short presentation to them
                                                                                                   did a few sketches on their big A3 pads, and later the indicators appeared on the new car.”
       about the club and about what we liked about our Civics and what we’d done to
       them. We then had an open discussion about what we’d like to see on the new
                                                                                                   The start button
       car. There were definitely some things we didn’t want to see as well.
                                                                                                   “This is obviously on every new Civic now, but the idea came from a modification that we do to
       “When we saw the concept car at Geneva [early 2006], we were pretty                         tuned Civics. The cigarette lighter hole is the exact same size as the starter for an S2000. So we take
       stunned. As I say, I was pretty sceptical, but we could see straight away that              the lighter out, poke a start button in and wire it up. Job done.”
       our ideas and suggestions were actually taken on board. I thought ‘Jeez,
       they’ve kept to their word!’.                                                               Not a 5-door hatch
                                                                                                   “This was something we actually urged Honda not to do. A Type R can’t have five doors. Look back
       “Some people think car makers are really insular and never listen, but                      into history and you’ll see that apart from the Accord Type R [four door], all Type Rs have had three
       this shows that manufacturers like Honda embrace enthusiasts, and                           doors. The new Civic version couldn’t have a five-door variant. It would have been sacrilege.”
       can recognise and appreciate us.”
Perhaps the key piece of design on all Civic models is the centrally-                                                                           Seats
mounted 50 litre fuel tank beneath the floor, which is well-protected in                                                                        A great deal of time and thought has been invested in the front seats for the new Type R to
the event of an accident, but more importantly it improves passenger                                                                            increase comfort and support for driver and passenger, but also to improve the car’s overall
and load space and allows the inclusion of a useful flat rear floor.                                                                            body rigidity.

The interior in the new Type R is based on the same imaginative                                                                                 The aim was to create seats that hug the driver, and provide superior lumbar support. The
thinking from Honda’s design team. That means it’s functional, but                                                                              resulting race-style seats have wide, banked side bolsters for increased lateral support
stylish and more than a bit space age.                                                                                                          during cornering. The cushion material is also much better at absorbing vibration.

The cabin is focused around the unique ‘Dual Zone’ dash, which                                                                                  Finished in black Alcantara with red stitching, and a red fabric centre cushion and
has become such a distinctive feature on the 5-door model.                                                                                      base, the seats match the look of the rest of the interior. A lever-type height adjuster
                                                                                                                                                is available on the driver’s seat. The front seats also have a greater range of fore/aft
The dash design places instrument panels and controls in a                                                                                      and reclining adjustment, while the steering column has both rake and telescopic
rational way, with the most essential information appearing                                                                                     adjustment, providing more room for taller drivers, as well as improved interior
at the very top of the fascia and far forward. The concept is                                                                                   versatility.
particularly effective in displaying information without
compromising the driver’s concentration on the road.                                                                                            The gear shift knob is crafted from machined aluminium and is fitted with a
Secondary information and controls are then organised                                                                                           black boot with red stitching. Placed just ahead of it, and to make each Type R
around and below this central focus.                                                                                                            even more exclusive, is a plaque engraved with the car’s unique serial
It’s clear to see the key colour inside the Type R is
red, reflecting the ‘red H’ badge that adorns the                                                                                               Outstanding interior flexibility
front grille. The two-tier dash features red                                                                                                    As you’d expect in a modern Honda, the rear seats offer outstanding flexibility and convenience. The one-motion, dive down design is already
illuminated dials set off by gun-metal effect switch                                                                                            familiar from the Civic 5-door. It only takes one easy lift to collapse either section of the 60:40 split rear seat completely into the deep footwell,
panels on either side of the central display. The Eco indicator (as seen on 5-door Civic models) is replaced by a new i-VTEC indicator which    without removing the headrests.
illuminates once engine revs rise above 5,400 rpm, indicating the switch to high-lift, long duration valve timing.
                                                                                                                                                The Civic Type R shares the same largest-in-class luggage compartment as the 5-door model. The 485 litres (VDA) of unobstructed space
Red features again on the steering wheel, used for stitching around the black leather-wrapped item. It also features gun-metal colour spokes,   increases to a massive 1,352 litres to the window line with the rear seats folded down.
which house audio and, when equipped, cruise control buttons. There’s also the traditional red ‘H’ emblem in the centre of the wheel.

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                                                                                                                                                 Motorsport-prepared cars
Beneath the boot floor is a secondary 70-litre storage area for smaller items. The                                                               JAS race/rally car
panel that doubles as both the boot floor and the cover for this storage area                                                                    Since its introduction into amateur racing in 2002, the Civic Type R has
features a novel double hinge design that allows it to either be lifted to allow                                                                 proved a popular and successful addition to the sport across Europe.
access, or to be lowered (assuming nothing is being stored) to create a single                                                                   However, Honda is aiming for even greater success with its new
load space.                                                                                                                                      model and since June 2006, Italy-based JAS Motorsport – the official
                                                                                                                                                 partner of Honda in customer racing support since 1998 – has
There are also loads of practical storage areas scattered throughout the                                                                         worked closely with Honda R&D to develop the new Civic Type R in
cabin, and these are provided with lids wherever possible to ensure                                                                              the GrN, GrA and GrR specifications.
everything is neatly concealed. A small-mammal-smuggling 14-litre
capacity glove box includes a map pocket inside the damped lid and in-                                                                           This development programme has produced an exciting range
box illumination. The GT model has a refrigerated glove box. There’s                                                                             of advanced racing parts for competition level racing,
also a large centre box to fit maps or CDs. You could probably get a                                                                             including the early availability of high performance
Chihuahua in there too (but you might have to take the CDs out first).                                                                           components for GrR, a new set of rules the FIA is intending
                                                                                                                                                 to introduce in 2008. Indeed, to protect the investment of
The front doors are equipped with storage that’s ideal for bottles                                                                               its customers, Honda’s GrR components will be
(500 ml) and maps (just how many maps do you need?), while the                                                                                   homologated simultaneously in GrA, allowing drivers to
rear side panels are sculpted to form a fabric-covered armrest containing both a silver-rimmed cup holder and a rear audio speaker.              race and gain experience in the GrA category in 2007
                                                                                                                                                 before having to switch to GrR in 2008, without any
Safety                                                                                                                                           additional cost.
As well as the active safety equipment on Civic Type R (ABS, EBD, VSA etc), the car also has a number of passive safety features. Front and
side SRS airbags are fitted to Type R base models, while the GT gets curtain airbags too. There are double pre-tensioners on the front           The racing Civic Type R has been developed under the new GrR rules and features:
seatbelts and an innovative seatbelt reminder system for rear passengers.                                                                        • A chrome molybdenum alloyed steel roll cage, designed using CAD and FEA (Finite Element Analysis). This lightweight structure is
                                                                                                                                                   designed to offer maximum protection for driver and co-driver with additional torsional stiffness to the bodyshell
This consists of a graphic of the two belted occupants when seatbelts are in use, switching to a solid depiction when they are unfastened. The
                                                                                                                                                 • A custom designed 6-speed sequential gearbox, created specifically for the new Civic Type R and rallying on tarmac or gravel. The
driver can be informed about rear seatbelt usage upon request via the multi-information display (unlike most competitor systems that only
                                                                                                                                                   gearbox is operated by the driver through an ergonomic lever, which is hidden below the dashboard and positioned next to the
show such information once the engine has been started).
                                                                                                                                                   steering wheel. The drivetrain is completed by reinforced driveshafts and a state-of-the-art limited slip differential (plate type with
                                                                                                                                                   adjustable preload)
                                                                                                                                                 • The engine has been further upgraded by means of re-profiled camshafts and other internals for competition use, all of which have
                                                                                                                                                   been successfully tested in the challenging Nürburgring 24 hours race

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• A programmable, custom-developed Engine Control Unit             Engine                                Type R      Type R GT    Wheels and Tyres                             Type R          Type R GT
  (ECU) which also includes a competition data logger              Type                                 2.0 i-VTEC   2.0 i-VTEC   Tyres                                       225/40 R18       225/40 R18
• Lightweight carbon-fibre interior parts (door panels,            Displacement (cc)                       1998         1998      18" alloy wheels                                •                •
  dashboard trims, floor panels)                                   Maximum power (PS @ rpm)             201@7800     201@7800     19" alloy wheels - Rage design
                                                                   Maximum torque (Nm @ rpm)            193@5600     193@5600     Instant Mobility System (IMS) repair kit         •               •
The current production plans will allow the Civic Type R to        Maximum torque (lb-ft @ rpm)         142@5600     142@5600     Type R brake callipers                           •               •
obtain its FIA homologation in GrA & GrN on 01 April,              Fuel type                              Petrol       Petrol
2007. Pricing for racing kits and parts can be found at
JAS Motorsport (, and orders                 Fuel Economy                                                   Instruments and Controls
can also be placed online.                                         Urban (l/100km)                        12.7         12.7       Digital clock (built into audio system)          •                •
                                                                   Urban (mpg)                            22.2         22.2       Audible headlight on reminder                    •                •
Lightweight Type R                                                 Extra urban (l/100km)                    7            7        Internally adjustable headlight height           •                •
A lightweight Civic Type R is also available                       Extra urban (mpg)                      40.4         40.4       Fuel filler cap release                          •                •
throughout Europe. Sold without a parcel shelf,                    Combined (l/100km)                      9.1          9.1       Tachometer (rev counter)                         •                •
stereo system and audio speakers, this                             Combined (mpg)                          31           31        External temperature gauge
roadgoing car weighs around 40kg less than the                     CO2 (g/km)                             215          215        (built into odometer)                            •                •
standard Type R. As this is a special order car,                                                                                  Digital fuel consumption display                 •                •
delivery time is approximately 20 weeks.                           Transmission
                                                                                                                                  Multi-function driver computer                   •                •
Orders can be placed at any authorised                             6-speed manual                           •            •
                                                                                                                                  Cruise control                                   -                •
Honda dealership, although we anticipate
take up to be very low.
                                                                   Maximum speed (mph)                     146          146
                                                                   Acceleration 0-62 mph (secs)            6.6          6.6
                                                                   Weights and Capacities
                                                                   Kerb weight (kg)                       1267         1267
                                                                   Boot capacity to window, seat down
                                                                   (litres, VDA method)                   1352         1352
                                                                   Boot capacity to window, seat up
                                                                   (litres, VDA method)                    485          485
                                                                   Fuel tank (litres)                       50           50                             standard             optional      -   not available
                                                                   Maximum roof load (kg)                   45           45

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Specifications (cont)
Safety                                        Type R   Type R GT   Exterior                                         Type R       Type R GT       Comfort and Convenience                 Type R   Type R GT   Seating                                  Type R       Type R GT
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)                  •          •       Body coloured bumpers                               •              •          Dual zone climate control                                    Type R Alcantara sports seats               •             •
Drive By Wire (DBW)                             •          •       Body coloured door mirrors                          •              •          (Left:right independent)                  -          •       Centre console armrest                      •             •
Dual front Supplemental Restraint                                  Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors         •              •          Aluminium foot rest                       •          •       Driver's seat height adjustment             •             •
System (SRS) airbags                            •          •       Twin chrome exhaust                                 •              •          Type R door sill garnish                  •          •       60:40 split folding second row seats        •             •
Dual side Supplemental Restraint                                   Chrome door handles                                 •              •          Drilled aluminium sports pedals           •          •
System (SRS) airbags                            •          •       Mirror integrated indicators                        •              •          Alloy gear knob with red stitched                            In Car Entertainment (ICE)
Dual curtain Supplemental Restraint                                Body coloured side sill garnish                     •              •          leather boot                              •          •       Stereo CD tuner with RDS                    •             •
System (SRS) airbags - front and rear           -          •       Body coloured lower side sill garnish               •              •          Electric power-assisted steering          •          •       Front speakers                              •             •
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)                  •          •       Body coloured front lower bumper garnish            •              •          Leather wrapped steering wheel                               Rear speakers                               •             •
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)       •          •       Body coloured rear lower bumper garnish             •              •          (red stitching)                           •          •       Tweeters                                    •             •
Emergency Brake Assist                          •          •       Body coloured rear hatch spoiler                    •              •          Leather multi-function steering wheel     •          •       Integrated Bluetooth Handsfree
Front disc brakes                               •          •       Power folding door mirrors                          -              •          Tilt and telescopic steering wheel                           TelephoneSystem (HFT)                        -
Rear disc brakes                                •          •       Automatic headlights with dusk sensor               -              •          adjustment                                •          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Voice recognition DVD sat. nav.
High level rear brake light                     •          •       Front foglights                                     -              •          Driver vanity mirror illuminated
                                                                                                                                                                                                              with Traffic Message Channel (TMC)           -
                                                                                                                                                 with lid in sunshade                      -          •
Side impact protection beams                    •          •
                                                                                                                                                 Passenger vanity mirror illuminated
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners                   •          •
                                                                                                                                                 with lid in sunshade                      •          •
4 x 3 point seatbelts                           •          •
                                                                                                                                                 Rain sensing windscreen wipers            -          •
ISOFix childseat restraint mechanism            •          •
                                                                                                                                                 Front electric windows                    •          •
                                                                                                                                                 Rear 12V power outlet                     •          •
Security                                                                                                                                         Ticket/ card holder                       •          •
Rolling code ECU engine immobiliser             •         •                                                                                      Front cupholders                          •          •
Honda Superlocks (deadlocks)                    •         •                                                                                      Refrigerated and lockable glovebox        -          •
Externally visible Vehicle Identification                                                                                                        Adaptable boot storage with lid           •          •
Number (VIN)                                    •         •
Remote keyless entry                            •         •
Central locking                                 •         •
Lockable glovebox                               -         •
Interior and perimeter alarm system (CAT 1)     •         •                               standard               optional    -   not available                                                                                    standard           optional   -   not available

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