Performance Is Deeply Rooted in the History of the Civic Type R

News about the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has become available to the general public fairly recently, and Capital Region drivers are over the moon about what they’ve seen so far. Reports surrounding the availability of this information have held the 2017 Civic Type R in high regard. The guys over at Car and Driver share in this excitement when reviewing the vehicle and stating that “the Civic Type R is here, and it’s glorious.” It should really come as no surprise that the new vehicle is making headlines again; it’s actually well versed in being recognized. In the short time since its release, this vehicle has proven that racing truly is in the heart of every Honda vehicle by amassing a nice collection of various motorsports wins. In the coming years, Honda plans to focus more on providing the public with more vehicles with racing-inspired potential. The release of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is just the start, even though the Type R has had a long history with Honda. Stay with us while we take you through a journey into the Civic Type R history to show what it means to don the coveted Type R badge and why this performance-focused vehicle is causing such an uproar with its release.

A Bit of Background

As mentioned above, the Type R badge has been around for quite some time, finding its way onto various racing vehicles in that time. The history of the badge dates as far back as 1992 with the Japan-only release of the Honda NSX Type R. The next Type R release was yet another Japan exclusive, the Honda Integra Type R, which showed up in 1995. Five years after the first Type R badge was placed, the badge’s scope finally made its way overseas to American markets. The release of the Acura Integra Type R in 1997 was an exciting yet short-lived experience for sports car enthusiasts around the nation. Since that first American release, drivers turned to other great racing-inspired Civic models, like the Honda Civic Si, to quench their desires while waiting for another Type R–badged vehicle to make it to market.

Honda Civic Type R
Honda Civic Type R

The Long History of the Type R Badge

After sifting through makes and models, the Type R badge finally found its home exclusively on Civic models. With the long history of high-performance Civic vehicles, the news of the next Type R badge appearing on a Civic was no surprise. The Civic Type R has undergone five transformations since 1997, with each new generation focusing on a new way to make an even higher-performing vehicle. Check out the timeline of the Civic Type R history below to see where it started and how far it’s come.


Civic Type R 6th Generation 

The first Civic Type R made its debut in the Japanese automotive market. This was the very first Honda Civic to be granted the honor of wearing Type R badging, so it was, rightfully, a big deal. Becoming the recipient of this badging has only since inspired a high-performing vehicle to continue to find ways to be better, enhancing what the Type R badge has come to mean over time. This first model of the Honda Civic Type R was designed as a three-door hatchback that was ready to take on the demanding task of being responsible with so much power. To ensure quality throughout each vehicle, each of the 1.6L engines powering the vehicle were hand-ported. The mighty, hand-ported engine delivered an impressive 182 hp, making it quite a hit on the racetrack. Finally, to ensure the best handling experience, the vehicle was outfitted with a 5-speed manual transmission with a helical limited-slip differential. This helped to keep the vehicle stable and reduce wheel spin for maximum racing potential. Inside, this model hosted red sport seats, a MOMO steering wheel, and not a whole lot more, to ensure that the vehicle kept a low weight so it could provide the best performance.

Civic Type R 7th Generation 

This next generation of the Civic Type R was still a no-show in U.S. markets, appearing only in Japan and Europe in 2001. The EP3 model stuck with the three-door hatchback styling, but almost everything else went through a deep remodel that really helped it stand apart from the EK9. Instead of the 1.6L engine we are used to, this model employed a 2.0L engine to get the job done. However, there was a slight difference in performance outputs between the European and Japanese models. The European version was able to reach up to 200 hp, while the Japanese model was slightly more aggressive with 212 hp. This newfound power, combined with the helical limited-slip differential and a shorter gearing, helped to improve the vehicle’s grip and acceleration.

Civic Type R 8th Generation 

The third in the generational lineup gets a little bit messy, due to the fact that Japanese and European markets ended up carrying different platforms for the vehicle. The FN2, the European model, was a bit less performance-focused than the Japanese model. The FN2 was equipped with a 2.0L engine with 197 hp and a three-door hatchback body style. While impressive, this performance still came second to the Japanese model, the FD2, which came with a new four-door sedan body and 222 hp. Both vehicles still utilized a 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive transmission with a helical limited-slip differential.

Civic Type R 9th Generation 

The fourth iteration of the Honda Civic Type R made some extreme changes for the better in the performance department when compared to previous models. Instead of offering three different body styles, the new version made things simple by cutting the three-door and four-door body styles to replace it with a five-door hatchback. The new hatchback had a much sportier style and more amenities than previous models without compromising on amazing performance. Once again, this switch contains an engine change-up with an all-new turbocharged engine in place of the naturally aspirated engines that appeared on previous models. This new engine setup kept the 6-speed manual front-wheel drive transmission and helical limited-slip differential but immensely upped power outputs with 306 hp—quite the jump from the previous highest horsepower of 222.

Civic Type R 10th Generation 

At last, we’ve arrived at the most recent release of the Civic Type R. This newest release is the first to be easily obtained on U.S. soil since the 1997 model. Car enthusiasts have long awaited this moment, and now they can finally experience everything the Civic Type R has to offer in the performance department. Under the hood, things stay the same as they were on the FK2, but there have been a slew of other important high-tech upgrades such as aluminum suspension components, a more responsive steering system, three driving modes, and an adaptive damper system. With all of these new performance-enhancing upgrades and a tried-and-true engine setup, the latest Honda Civic Type R is the sports vehicle we’ve all been looking out for.


Get in Gear at Capital Region Honda Dealers

With an all-new education on the history of the Civic Type R at your disposal, it should be clear why so many want to get their hands on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R while it’s available. Make sure that you don’t have to wait 10 more years to get in on the action. Stop by your local Capital Region Honda Dealer or contact us online to learn more about financing options, current offers, and scheduling a test drive.

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Capital Region Honda Dealers
Capital Region Honda Dealers
391 S State Rd Cheshire
Cheshire, MA, 01225 United States
(888) 794-9805
Capital Region Honda Dealers 42.551937, -73.163808.