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(from Honda Press
Release) HONDA ANNOUNCES NEW CIVIC TYPE R
14 September 2006 --- Honda Motor Europe Ltd today announced the
eagerly awaited new Civic Type R, the successor to a model whose
unique blend of affordability, exhilarating driving characteristics
and everyday usability resulted in sales that exceeded all
There will be different levels of equipment available, ranging from
a fully equipped car to one that even has the rear parcel shelf
removed. With these variants, the new Civic Type R therefore looks
set to endear itself to a whole new wave of enthusiasts and to
repeat the cult success of the first ‘CTR’ which exceeded all sales
predictions. The new Civic Type R will receive its international
show debut in Paris during September and sales are expected to begin
Given the outstanding performance credentials of its predecessor,
Honda saw little purpose in increasing engine output. The new Type R
therefore continues to be powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre
DOHC i-VTEC engine with similar output, but reworked for greater
refinement and responsiveness thanks to a new balancer shaft and a
drive-by-wire throttle. The 201 PS maximum power output is now
reached at 8,000 rpm (previously 200 PS at 7,400 rpm).
While the headline performance figures are expected to be virtually
identical to the 6.6 second 0-100 km/h time and 235 km/h top speed
of the Type R in its previous incarnation, the engine enhancements
mean the new car is more responsive generally, while improved
aerodynamics ensures the new car cuts through the air more cleanly.
Slightly lower gearing compensates for a small increase in kerb
VTEC variable valve timing and VTC variable inlet camshaft
technology continue to underpin the engine architecture. Its
exhilarating, high revving nature is retained, but the switch to
high lift, long duration valve timing now takes place at a lower
5,200 rpm, and continues all the way to the 8,000 rpm red line.
There is a new i-VTEC indicator just to the right of the digital
speedometer which is illuminated within this rev range.
Widely praised for its ride and handling balance, the chassis of the
Civic 5-door forms the basis for all 3-door models and provides an
ideal platform for a high performance derivative. Building on the
Civic Type S suspension which is fine-tuned for sharper chassis
dynamics to match its sportier profile, the Type R takes those
modifications on to the next level. Like the Type S, its rear track
is 20 mm wider than that of the 5-door model, but otherwise damper,
bush and spring characteristics are all unique to Type R.
225/40 ZR18 tyres provide added grip, while the 15 mm reduction in
ride height further reduces body roll. What’s more, the fuel tank’s
central location beneath the cabin floor lowers the centre of
gravity and the body’s inertia moment. Firmer steering, a quicker
ratio and stiffer steering box mountings in combination provide
pin-sharp responses to steering wheel input.
The Civic 5-door already offers one of the stiffest body structures
in the C-segment; and the Type R’s body is further enhanced, playing
a key role in the particularly responsive chassis dynamics. Extra
strengthening has been introduced into the floor cross member just
ahead of the central fuel tank, around the upper front suspension
mountings, while the lower cross member just ahead of engine bay
provides greater rigidity. The overall result is a chassis offering
more predictable characteristics than the old model, with levels of
responsiveness and stability that are some of the best in class. At
the same time, the damper settings deliver enhanced ride comfort in
keeping with the increased refinement of the new Type R.
The new Type R’s bold styling is undeniably assertive in its
appearance. The aggressive looking body has a series of fully
integrated aerodynamic parts that together with a 15 mm reduced ride
height – compared to 5-door and Type S models – and standard
seven-spoke 18” alloy wheels, are a clear indication of the car’s
potent nature. The deep front spoiler incorporates a larger air
intake as well as triangular foglamps whose shape mirrors the large
exhaust tailpipes at the rear. There’s a distinct body coloured
tailgate rear spoiler for added downforce that splits the rear
tailgate glass rather than the raised glass profile featured on
Civic 5-door and Type S models.
Other identifying features are deliberately discrete: Type R logos
feature on the front brake callipers and the glass panel grille of
the Civic Type S is replaced with a honeycomb mesh and central red
Step over the stainless steel door sill inserts, complete with ‘Type
R’ logo, into the cabin, and again there is no mistaking that this
is a car developed for driving excitement. Front seat occupants are
gripped by bucket seats with large black Alcantara bolsters with red
stitching and red fabric seat cushions and backs. Two distinct rear
seats repeat the same colour coordination. The highly effective and
strikingly stylish Dual Link concept fascia common to other Civic
models naturally features in the Type R, but with red illuminated
dials set off by gun metallic switch panels on either side of the
meter display. The driver grips a black, perforated leather covered
steering wheel with red stitching and central ‘H’ logo, while the
matching gear shift knob with aluminium-finish has a black boot with
And, as a finishing touch and for added exclusivity there is a
plaque engraved with the car’s unique serial number placed just
ahead of the gear lever.
For those customers who want added convenience and an enhanced
specification, there will be a fully equipped version available.
Additional features include curtain SRS bags, cruise control, fog
lights, automatic lights and wipers and dual zone air conditioning.
A state-of-the-art Navigation system, with voice control
functionality as well as RDS traffic monitoring, is offered as an
Taking the Type R philosophy to its logical conclusion, a lighter
Civic Type R will be available. The deletion of items such as the
audio system, rear load cover, engine under cover and reduced noise
insulation material brings weight down by 40 kg. This version forms
the basis for receiving FIA Group A homologated prepared parts. In
addition, the Civic Type R itself will be homologated to FIA Group N
and Group A as well as the forthcoming Group R.
All the range of Type R and Type S, are to be built exclusively
alongside the Civic 5-door range at the Honda of the UK
Manufacturing Ltd. (HUM) in Swindon.