--~@ Honda Civic Type-R @~--
The new Civic Type R continues to be powered by the naturally-aspirated, high-revving 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine but the unit has been significantly reworked to improve responsiveness using a new balancer shaft and drive-by-wire throttle control. VTEC variable valve timing and VTC variable inlet camshaft technology continue to underpin the engine structure.
Further development of the Type R unit means more useable torque, as the switch to high-lift, long duration valve timing (the cam change) now takes place at a lower 5,200 rpm, and continues all the way to 8,000 rpm. So that screaming, high rpm VTEC range is broader and more accessible. To mark the entry to this ‘power band’ a new i-VTEC indicator just to the right of the digital speedometer is illuminated once the revs rise above 5,200 rpm.
Maximum power is now 204 bhp, reached at 8,000 rpm and the car is more responsive generally, while improved aerodynamics ensure the new car cuts through the air more cleanly. Slightly lower gearing compensates for a small increase in kerb weight.
Acceleration figures are expected to be virtually identical to the 6.4-second 0-60 mph time of the outgoing car – and the new car should match its top speed too, powering on to 146 mph.
The chassis of the Civic 5-door – already widely praised for its handling balance – forms the basis for all 3-door models and provides an ideal platform for the Type R.
Building on the Civic Type S suspension, which is fine-tuned for sharper chassis dynamics, the Type R takes those modifications to the next level. Like the Type S, its rear track is almost an inch wider than that of the 5-door model, but otherwise damper, bush and spring characteristics are all unique to Type R.
Broad 225/40 ZR18 tires provide added grip, while a half an inch reduction in ride height further reduces body roll. Firmer steering, a quicker ratio and stiffer steering box mountings all provide pin-sharp responses to steering wheel input, while the fuel tank’s central location beneath the cabin floor helps to lower the center of gravity and reduces the body’s inertia moment.
While the styling of previous Civic Type Rs has almost been an after-thought, the latest car enhances the already-bold appearance of the Civic to build an incredibly assertive look. Seven-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard and – helped by the car’s low ride height – these tuck neatly under the body colored arches.
The deep front spoiler incorporates a larger air intake to channel air to the induction system, as well as triangular foglamps. There’s no missing the distinct body-colored tailgate rear spoiler, which follows the kick-up line from the rear quarter windows, and provides added down-force. At the front, a black honeycomb mesh grille replaces the glass panel of other Civics, sporting – of course – the infamous red ‘H’ badge.
Inside, it’s all about the driving experience. Front seats are racing-style buckets with large black Alcantara bolsters and red stitching, red fabric seat cushions and backs. The seat bench in the back repeats the same color combination.
Also available will be a fully-equipped GT version, with additional features such as cruise control, dual zone air conditioning, fog lights, automatic lights and wipers and curtain SRS bags. A voice-activated, state-of-the-art navigation system is offered as an option.
Engine :naturally aspirated 2.0 litre dohc i-VTEC
Maximum power :201 ps @ 8000 rpm /201 PK @ 7800 TPM
Power band :5200 rpm - 8000 rpm
Driveline :Front Wheel Drive
Acceleration :6.6 seconds 0 - 62 mph or 6.6 seconds 0-100 km/h
Top speed :148 mph or 235 km/h
Wheels :seven spoke 18" alloys
Tyres : 225/40 ZR18
Weight lb (kg) : 2792 (1267)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km) : n.a. (12.7)
Civic is always been my favourite. Today, in our journey back from a farewell BBQ (somewhere in Den Haag), this civic type-R came into view. I know i passed the car dealer hundred times but it never caught my attention this deep (maybe, cara keta tu 'park' kind of sexy...). Arrived home, turned on my pc and immediately checked on the price. with Euro 33,500.00 (RM157,450.00), a wealthy bargain and of coz...this car is way out of my league. in fact i couldnt afford it even if i work 2 jobs 24-7.
im not sure the price in UK, cars are much cheaper there compare to here. furthermore they are right hand drive. kalau kan bawa balik pun nada masalah. tapi piki saja tambangnya..
P.S. civic pun civic la labi, entah la labu..ko punya cerita la labi..macam macam cita ko bawak labu, labu