The eighth generation Honda Civic was introduced in September 2005, for the 2006 model year. This generation introduced the “two-tier” instrument panel. In many countries (USA, UK, New Zealand), all models (including the base model) come standard with power windows, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and side/curtain airbags (for a total of six airbags). Additionally, the 2006 models acquired ULEV-2 (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) certification and boast a more powerful 1.8-litre engine than the 2005 counterparts while retaining almost equal fuel economy.
In the North American market, the sedan and coupe styles are available, which were designed in Japan and Ohio, respectively. The sedan and coupe are available in several trim levels (DX, DX-G, LX, EX, EX-L, and Si). The Hybrid only comes as a sedan, while the Si coupe was joined by a sedan in 2007, and the Si sedan entered the Canadian lineup in 2008. 2008 saw the addition of new interior features such as a 60/40 rear folding seat and remote trunk release for LX models (previously only available on EX models), while 2009 models had a mid-generation refresh most notable on the front grille. In Canada, the Japanese-market type Civic 2.0GL is sold as the Acura CSX, and uses a 155 hp (116 kW) K20Z2. A CSX Type-S is also sold, which is similar, but instead is equipped with the Civic Si drivetrain (197 hp K20Z3 and 6-speed transmission).
Asia, Australia, South Africa and Russia
See also: Acura CSX
Honda Civic VTi sedan (Australia; pre-facelift)
Honda Civic VTi-L sedan (Australia; facelift)
In the Asian, Pakistan, Russian, South African and Middle East, Canary Islands: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria markets, the new Civic has slight but noticeable styling differences from the American version. While the arcing line sweeping across the front fascia is retained, the main headlights dip away from the main arc for a more sporty appearance. The front bumper also has more vents with a steeper angle and sharper corners than the U.S. Civic. Meanwhile, the taillights are more reminiscent of the Integra, with the main round brake lights dipping slightly down into the indicators. By contrast, the taillights of the U.S. Civic resemble those of an Audi A4. On the interior side, the Asian-market Civic has contrasting two tone colour scheme. The three-spoke steering wheel from the American Civic Si and the European hatchback is standard.
Engines include a 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC (R18A) engine that produces 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) at 6300 rpm and a 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC (K20Z2) engine that produces 155 bhp (116 kW; 157 PS) at 6200 rpm, both are mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic (with paddle shifting available on the 2.0 L model) with drive by wire throttles. There is a 1.6-litre variant available in Singapore and Turkey. A (1,600 cc and below) vehicles in the vehicle numbers curbing system in Singapore, while maintaining a higher standard than the 1.3 L variant. It uses an SOHC i-VTEC engine, similar to that of the 1.8-litre variant. It produces 123 bhp (92 kW; 125 PS) at 6500 rpm. For the hybrid, there is the 1.3-litre SOHC i-VTEC with the IMA (Integrated Motor Assist).
In Israel, South Africa, Australia, Turkey (4-door sedan variant – very similar appearance with JDM version one of the major differences is side-turn markers integrated onto door mirrors – is produced there) and Republic of Ireland, both the 4-door Asian and 5-door European Civic models are available. In certain European countries, the four-door JDM Civic is available with the hybrid powertrain, being the only Civic sedan available in the UK. In other markets where sedans are more popular (such as Ireland and Finland), a range of sedans similar to the JDM models are available with the 1.8 L i-VTEC. In Singapore and Brunei, the 3-door European Civic Type R was available.
In the Philippines, the Civic is offered in 3 grades; the entry-level 1.8 V, producing 177 bhp (132 kW; 179 PS) at 6300 rpm, and mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic transmission. The 1.8 S has the same features as the V, however, it had different wheels, which is a 15″ alloy, and equipment level such as ABS Brakes and SRS Airbags (2) while the S has a 16″ alloy, 5-spoke wheels. The 2.0 S (dubbed by Honda Philippines as the 2.0 S-L, though on its badge, only the 2.0 is shown) produces 195 bhp (145 kW; 198 PS) at 6000 rpm. The S-L is only mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, while the manual transmission version has been discontinued. The S-L variant also has a 17″ 7-spoke alloy wheels, 3-spoke leather steering wheel, HID lamps, and has blue leather seats. All of the variants has a digital instrumental gauge. Since the current generation is first introduced to the market in April 2006, its total sales has exceed its nearest competitor, Toyota Altis.
In Pakistan, the Civic is offered in 2 trim levels; the Civic i-VTEC/VTi and the Civic VTi Oriel, both versions are powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine, offered with manual or automatic(Prosmatec) transmissions. The difference between the two models is that the VTi Oriel gets additional features, not available in the i-VTEC/VTi, such as sunroof, alloy wheels and door mirrors with integrated turn signals. In Pakistan the eighth generation Civic is also known as ‘Honda Civic Reborn’.
The Indonesian market is offered in only two models, 1.8 and 2.0. The 1.8 is available in both manual (5-speed) and automatic (5-speed) transmissions. Both 1.8 and 2.0 automatic transmission has a paddle shifting, unlike the others for the Asian market. The 1.8 has dual airbags, ABS, EBD, a single-CD player, a 16-inch 5 spoke alloy wheels and air-conditioning, whereas the 2.0 adds a 6-disc CD changer, automatic air-conditioning, ESP, a 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels and navy blue/light gray interior instead of the dark gray/beige offered on the 1.8. The facelift model adds an 18-inch 8-spoke alloy wheels replacing the 17-inch offered on the 2.0 trim.
The South Korean market has three trim levels, 1.8, 2.0, and Hybrid. All Civic models are equipped with 5-speed Automatic transmissions, with the exception of the hybrid model which uses a CVT.
The Japanese-market Civic is in fact a rebadged Acura; Honda Japan chose the Canadian-designed Acura CSX as the template for the JDM Civic. In Canada, the Acura CSX has features and options not available to American Civics, such as a 2.0 L DOHC i-VTEC engine rated at 155 hp (116 kW), chrome door handles, paddle shifters, and high-intensity discharge headlights. Due to the width dimensions exceeding Japanese government regulations for exterior dimensions, the Civic is no longer regarded as a “compact” sedan in Japan, which has been passed onto the smaller Honda Fit Aria for the compact sedan segment.
Honda Japan has recently removed from its webpage of the sale of petrol engine Honda Civic. The Civic Hybrid and Civic Type-R webpages are retained.
In Hong Kong, the Right-handed drive Civic (FA1) is made in Japan but shares its exterior with the North American-market Civic. Two models (1.8 Deluxe and 1.8 VTi) are sold, sharing the same engine (R18A) with minor differences in appearance and equipment, e.g. side mirror turn signal light, side airbags and cruise control. In the facelift model, the more expensive VTi model comes with paddle shifters.
In Malaysia, the eighth generation Civic was first launched in March 2006 and then facelifted in March 2009. In July 2010, a 1.8S-L variant was introduced. Prior to this, only two variants were offered: 1.8S and 2.0S.
European Honda Civic Type S 3-door
Pre-facelift Honda Civic (Europe)
The European Civic (FK/FN chassis) is offered primarily as 3/5-door hatchbacks and produced in Swindon, England. It has a different appearance and suspension compared to the American and JDM Civics. The car won 2007 Semperit Irish Car of the Year in Ireland.
Designed by Toshiyuki Okumoto, the exterior of the European model is the most aggressively styled; the sweeping front arc is maintained and a perspex cover resembling a lamp cluster replaces the grille. The rear tail lights are also similarly styled. Triangular accents are found front and back, with triangular fog-lamps in front and dual triangle exhaust tips at the back. The rear back glass is split into two levels, divided by a spoiler lip and the fuel filler cap is a race-inspired exposed metal effect cap. For the 5-door models, the rear door is hidden away, with the door handles tucked away at the corners of the rear windows, creating the illusion of a two-door coupe.
Mechanically, the European Civic differs from the American and JDM variants in that it uses a simpler torsion beam suspension system for the rear wheels compared to the double-wishbone system in the American and JDM versions. The more compact suspension of the European Civic allows it to keep its large interior space, while reducing its length compared to its predecessor. Engines include a 1.4-litre i-DSI, 1.4-litre i-VTEC, the 1.8-litre i-VTEC (R18A2) shared with the American and JDM models (although the American and JDM cars have this engine available as R18A1), and a 2.2-litre i-CTDi N22A2 turbodiesel. A 6-speed manual transmission is available across the range. An automated manual transmission, known as i-SHIFT is available for models with 1.4- and 1.8-litre petrol engines. A 2.0-litre i-VTEC (K20Z4) petrol Type-R high-performance version is also available. Si and the Type-S models were also offered in Europe, with the Type-S in the three-door configuration (as is the more powerful Type-R) and the Si as a five-door, but both going without the 198bhp 2.0L engine used in the North American Si. No saloon version was offered in most West European markets.
Inside, the European Civic follows the same split-level or “two-tier” instrument panel as the American and JDM Civics. However, the European Civic has circular A/C vents and switchgear. There is also a start button reminiscent of the Honda S2000. The handbrake is in a more conventional position behind the gear stick. All around there is a generous use of metallic trim. Some other features of the European Civic include “magic seats” in the rear, that not only lie flat to increase boot capacity, but also allow the seat bench to lift up and lie flat against the back rests to create a large loading area in the back behind the front seats. There is also a “hidden” storage compartment in the boot under the floor. The lid, which normally forms part of the boot floor, can be sunk down to a lower level to increase the load area, designed to allow the boot area to accommodate larger or taller items. In the normal position, the storage area can be used to hide valuables away under the floor. Some models in the range feature things like electric folding mirrors, a panoramic glass roof, dual climate control, automatic headlights, xenon lights, headlight washers, and automatic windshield wipers. The range topping EX model also has DVD satellite navigation, and allows the car’s entertainment system, climate control, navigation system and hands-free telephone system to be controlled all by voice commands.
In Serbia, Republic of Macedonia, Israel, Russia, Poland, Croatia and Republic of Ireland, both the 4-door JDM/Asian and 5-door European Civic models are available. In certain European countries, the four-door JDM Civic is available with the hybrid powertrain, and this is the only Civic sedan available in the UK. In other markets where sedans are more popular (such as Ireland, and Finland), a range of sedans similar to the JDM models are available with the 1.8 L i-VTEC. In Turkey, a 125 PS 1.6 L i-VTEC engine is available with the 4-door JDM/Asian body since tax brackets of this country rely on engine displacement (higher taxes are applied to the vehicles that have engine displacement more than 1600cc).
In March 2008 Honda announced that it was recalling 79,000 eighth generation Civics due to a potential problem with faulty handbrakes.
Euro Civics (hatchback) received a mild facelift for 2009. The main change is the new redesigned front grille which now features two open intakes. The Type S received a grille similar to the Type R, only without the red badge. The rear bumper has also been slightly changed, as have some interior parts. Perhaps most importantly, the entry-level 1.4 i-DSI engine has been dropped from the line-up and replaced with a new, more powerful 100 PS 1.4 i-VTEC engine which is available with a new version of the i-SHIFT transmission.
The car received a mild facelift for 2011, including a new front grille which is said to be inspired by that of European Type R model, new alloy wheels which are now standard equipment, body colour side-skirts for Type S model, a new ionized Bronze colour for the exterior. For the interior, SE and ES models gets half fabric and Alcantara, Si model comes with half leather and Alcantara with heated front seats. Production for the 2011 hatchback started at the Swindon plant in November 2010. Honda discontinued the 2.2 L i-CTDi diesel engine offered in Civic from 2011.
2006–2008 Honda Civic EX coupe (US)
Honda Civic coupe (US)
The eighth generation Civic features a redesigned dashboard incorporating a “two-tier” instrument panel. The upper panel is completely electronic and contains a digital speedometer in the center, with the coolant temperature and fuel displayed as linear segmented indicators on each side. The lower tier, slightly smaller than that of previous generations, has a backlit analog tachometer and the digital odometer and trip computer below it. The gear shift position indicators are to the right of the tachometer in automatic transmission and hybrid models, while the latter also features additional IMA Assist and Charge indicators to the left. Indicator lights are spread over both displays, whose brightness can be adjusted and saved independently (with the headlights on or off).
2006–2008 Honda Civic DX-G (Canada)
All Civics (including their trims) have unique covers/wheels specific to their car and come standard with cloth seats. The rest of the Americas receive the North American-market Civic sedan (and coupe in some countries).
Trims and models
The base DX model is equipped with LATCH, immobilizer theft-deterrent system, power windows, daytime running lights (DRL), 15-inch steel wheels with covers, driver’s seat height adjustment, and other features American DX models do not have a standard audio system, while the Canadian equivalent has a 160 watt 4-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo system with CD player. Air conditioning is optional, which is known as DX-A in Canada.
The DX-VP (Value Package) sold in the United States adds air conditioning and the 160 watt 4-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo system with CD player.
The DX-G model sold in Canada adds air conditioning, auxiliary input jack for portable audio players, power door locks, remote keyless entry and storage console armrest. In 2008, it added cruise control,15-inch (380 mm) lightweight alloy wheels (same as the ones on the Civic Hybrid), and a lip spoiler.
The LX model adds a 160 watt 4-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo system with CD player (for the US only, all Canadian DX and LX models already include that system), 16-inch steel wheels with covers (5-spoke alloy wheels in Canadian LX models), cruise control, MP3/audio jack, passenger-side walk-in with memory (coupe only), floor mats, and an anti-theft security system with remote entry (US models only). In 2008, Canadian LX models added features including a lip spoiler, 60/40 rear folding seat, and remote trunk release.
Since 2009, the LX-S (sport) for the US market adds 16-inch (410 mm) alloy wheels, lip spoiler, steering-wheel cruise controls, and black sport upholstery with silver stitching.
The 2008 model year introduced the LX-SR or LX Sunroof for the Canadian market, which adds a power moonroof and 4-wheel disc brakes. In 2009, the sedan was renamed the Sport and has added features such as black sport upholstery with silver stitching, chrome exhaust finisher, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. These amenities were not added to the coupe which remained as the LX.
The EX model adds a power moonroof, 4-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, an additional 12-volt accessory outlet (for a total of two), a 350 watt stereo system with six speakers (coupe only, the sedan EX comes with a 160 watt stereo system), exterior temperature indicator, a foldable rear arm rest with integrated cup holders (sedan only), and an optional voice-activated navigation system. This trim was sold in Canada in the 2006/2007 model year, until it was replaced with the LX-SR and EX-L models.
The EX-L model adds a leather interior with heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a center console.
All coupes come standard with a rear lip-spoiler, while EX models have round chrome finish on the exhaust pipe. Coupes are intended to be sportier than their sedan counterparts, they have a more aggressive suspension set up consisting of firmer spring rates and thicker anti roll bars coupled with adjusted damping settings, and cost US$200 less in the US and CDN$200 more in Canada at base MSRP. Civic models with a moonroof have slightly less interior space due to reduced headroom. MSRP is US$15,305 (CD$18,881) for the DX manual coupe to approximately US$21,000 for the Si models.
Honda Civic GX
The Honda Civic GX is designed run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Due to the limitations of the CNG tanks, the 6-speaker stereo system is not installed.
Only a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is offered for the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, which gains more power and a mileage boost to a United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated 40 mpg‑US (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg‑imp)/45 mpg‑US (5.2 L/100 km; 54 mpg‑imp) (city/highway). It achieves an AT-PZEV emission rating. The 1.3 L L13A i-DSI engine (in Europe marketed as 1.4 L engine) has been upgraded to achieve 93 hp (69 kW), instead of 83 hp (62 kW) in earlier model. Accompanied by the electric motor with 15 kW (20 hp) which gives in total 110 hp (82 kW) for the Hybrid vehicle. Top speed is rated at 186 km/h (116 mph), CO2 emission is 109 g/km and the mass of the car is 2,875 lb (1,304 kg)—not much for a car equipped with IMA electric motor and nickel–metal hydride batteries (5.5 A·h, 158 V).
Both the Civic GX and Civic Hybrid have a similar trim level to the Civic LX, with some differences like 15-inch (380 mm) lightweight alloy wheels, and external mirror lights.
The car comes with a 2.0-liter K20Z3 i-VTEC engine that produces 197 hp (147 kW; 200 PS) and 139 lbf⋅ft (188 N⋅m) of torque, while including a 6-speed manual transmission with a helical limited slip differential. Forty percent stiffer spring and damping rates from the non-Si trims and stiffer sway bars have bolstered the Civic Si’s handling, with the car achieving 0.90g (8.8 m/s2) of lateral acceleration on the skidpad. It is also the quickest Civic Si off the line, with a factory 0–60 time of 6.7 seconds according to Honda. Some new features include a moonroof, a seven-speaker 360-watt sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45R17 Michelin all-season tires, and key-less trunk access. Brazilian market Si’s have a 192 hp (143 kW; 195 PS) version of the K20 engine.
In Canada, the Acura CSX Type-S was offered in 2007, borrowing the engine and drivetrain from the Civic Si but offering additional luxury options such as leather seating. The CSX features similar front and rear fascias to the JDM Civic, but with slight differences—the CSX has a crease running along the center of the hood and front bumper, whereas the JDM does not.
The 2007 model changes for the Civic Si include the addition of the Si trim for sedans, vehicle stability assist (VSA) (not available on Canadian models until the 2010 and 2011 model years), darker silver wheels, body-color grille, a deck lid spoiler, reversed red/black coloring on the odometer, and Si-embroidered front floor mats. The introductory price of the Si Coupe increased by $800 to the MSRP of $21,090. In 2017, 10 years after its original release, the 2007 model was recalled due to a defect in the vehicle’s airbags, where it could potentially explode in front of the driver and its occupants when activated in both minor and major accidents, posing a threat to passengers.
For the 2008 model year, the Civic Si received minor tweaks that include even darker wheels than the 2007 model and a new shift boot with red stitching. Mechanical changes included a new tire pressure monitor system, a new rear upper arm that decreases the amount of rear camber, and a lowered spring rate for the coupe to match the sedan. This was also the first year Canada sold the Civic Si Sedan.
Vehicle color selections:
- Fiji Blue Pearl (Si-exclusive color, replaced by Dyno Blue Pearl in 09)
- Galaxy Grey Metallic (replaced by Polished Metal Metallic in 09)
- Habanero Red Pearl (Si-exclusive color, replaced by Redline Orange Pearl in 09)
- Nighthawk Black pearl (replaced by Crystal Black Pearl in 09)
- Rally Red
- Taffeta White
- Alabaster Silver Metallic
Civic Si Sedan
Honda introduced the Civic Si Sedan for North America in 2007; previously, only the Japanese market had been offered Si Sedans. Debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, the Si sedan concept featured larger 18-inch alloy wheels than its coupe counterpart, along with 4-piston Brembo brakes, and large cross drilled brake rotors. The production version lacked such concept accoutrements, and the Si Sedan is mechanically almost identical to the coupe. Performance of the Si sedan is roughly equivalent to the Si coupe; the sedan’s 60-pound (27 kg) weight increase is offset by a slightly more balanced front/rear weight distribution (60/40 for the sedan versus 61/39 for the coupe).Civic Mugen Si Sedan
2008 Honda Civic Si Mugen Sedan (FA5 (US); pre-facelift)
The 2008 model year also brought into production the limited-edition 2008 Civic Mugen Si Sedan, which was announced at the 2007 SEMA Show. The Mugen sedan came only in Fiji Blue Pearl, and featured a higher-flowing cat-back exhaust, track-tested sport suspension, an exclusive Mugen grille, an exclusive shift knob, Mugen Si badges on the exterior and interior, Mugen forged GP wheels, and a Mugen body kit custom designed for the American trim. Production was limited to only 1000 units, and the car carried an MSRP of $29,500. Testing by Car and Driver magazine determined that the acceleration of the Mugen Si was roughly equivalent to that of the standard Civic Si coupe.
Honda Civic LX sedan
Honda Civic LXS sedanMY2009 facelift (US)
2009 Honda Civic LX coupe (US)
For the 2009 model year, Civics sold in the North American market received a facelift. For the sedan exterior, the front bumper and grille were restyled and the bar above the rear license plate is chromed, while the coupe received a new front bumper and grille both reminiscent of previous Civic coupe generations. The sedan’s taillights now use transparent lenses with amber bulbs for the turn signals, rather than red lenses. For the interior, the sedan’s steering wheel was changed from a two-spoke design to use the coupe and Si model’s three-spoke design.
Changes for the 2009 Si also included a revised front bumper and grille, turn signals with clear-lenses and amber bulbs for the front and rear, a clear instead of red third brake light in the rear spoiler, and chrome trunk trim for the sedan. Several new colors were also introduced, such as Redline Orange Pearl, Dyno Blue, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl, replacing the previously similar colors. The 2010 Civic Si saw no significant changes, save for a black engine cover rather than silver.
During the debut of Civic sedan and coupe concepts at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it was announced that more than 1.5 million units of the eighth-generation Civic have been sold since it first went on sale in late 2005.
Award and recognition
- 2006 North American Car of the Year
- Motor Trend 2006 Car of the Year award
- 2006 Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car of the Year
Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile
Honda Civic (Brazil)
For the Brazilian market, the eighth generation Civic is available only with a sedan body, and it is externally almost identical to the American version, having different bumpers and a higher ground clearance. It is available in two trim levels. The LXS and EXS levels are equipped with the 1.8 L i-VTEC SOHC engine generating 140 PS (103 kW) at 6300 rpm. Both models might be equipped with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission, but only the EXS has the paddle shift controls on the steering wheel. A special trim level for handicapped individuals (LX), based on the LXS, was available in the first year but due to some changes in tax-break laws it’s no longer available. It was equipped with automatic transmission and limited to 125 PS (92 kW). The 2006 Civic received the “Best Buy” award from Quatro Rodas magazine. The recommended prices for 2006 Civics in Brazil range from R$61,745.00 to 80,750.00, but due to high demand, new Civics are being sold for about 10% more than the recommended price. The Si sedan was announced at Salão do Automóvel in São Paulo, featuring a 2.0 L i-VTEC DOHC at 192 PS (143 kW) (195 PS (145 kW) when using premium unleaded gasoline). For the 2007 model, Honda introduced a new Flexible Fuel version, featuring the same 1.8 L engine, having 140 PS (103 kW) when running only on ethanol or 138 PS (101 kW) when running on gasoline. Argentina, Uruguay and Chile also receive Brazilian models (Perú previously received the Brazilian model, however it is now receiving the North American model). The price ranges from US$20,000 to $25,000 in Argentina; in Chile prices range from CLP$10.490.000 for the Brazilian built LXS model, to CLP$13.900.000 for the Japan built Civic Hybrid, to CLP$15.990.000 for the Brazil built four-door Civic Si sedan, and up to CLP$19.990.000 for the US-specs Civic Si coupe.
Honda Civic front (China)
Honda Civic rear (China)
Dongfeng Honda Automobile, one of Honda’s joint ventures in China, assembles and markets the Civic in China from April 2006. It comes with a 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine. Its exterior is the same as the North American-market Civic, except with amber tail turn lights and only the sedan model is available.
Ciimo Si Ming front (China)
Ciimo Si Ming rear (China)
It is the basis that becomes Ciimo, a model from Dongfeng Honda, one of Honda’s joint-venture in the country. The Ciimo is introduced as an original designed model of the joint-venture to the Chinese market in April 2012 after the ninth generation was launched. However, the Ciimo differs from the previously sold Civic by adopting a front and rear end inspired by the Japanese market model, as a result, it is slightly longer. It comes with a 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine, with either a five-speed manual or five-speed auto transmission. Production was discontinued in 2016.
Main article: Honda Civic Type R
Honda debuted a Type R concept for the European Civic at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show; the Type R, basing on the three-door hatchback developed for the European market, has a 2.0-litre 201 bhp (150 kW) at 7800 rpm inline 4 cylinder engine. The suspension uses MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam in the back, while the car itself was initially thought to be lighter than the standard Civic as dictated by Honda Type R philosophy. Sophisticated handling aids such as traction control were initially thought to be completely eschewed for a purer, more soulful driving character. In the end, Honda did include a special version of their VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) that was specifically tuned to the car so as to better adhere to said philosophy. The Type R went on sale in the UK in February or March 2007, and is scheduled to reach Australia in July the same year. The European Civic Type R also went on sale in Brunei.
The JDM/Asian 4-door Civic Type R went on sale on March 29, 2007. The Type R powered by an uprated K20A 2.0-litre iVTEC engine producing 225 hp (167.8 kW) at 8000 rpm (Available in Japan and Malaysia only), while the other markets have 201 hp (149.9 kW) at 7800 rpm and comes with a specially tuned sports suspension that includes new Brembo brakes. The prototype Type R was used as the official car of the Formula 1 2006 Japanese Grand Prix. This will mark the first time that Honda will produce two separate distinct Civic Type R models.
Mugen’s Civic RR, the Type R sedan’s uprated model, is available in Japan. The Mugen RR sheds an additional 10 kg (22 lbs) off the standard Civic Type R’s weight, coming in at 2,733 lb (1,240 kg). In addition to the weight loss, the freer-breathing Mugen RR picks up 15 hp (11 kW) over the regular Type R. It’s rated at 240 hp (179 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 160 lb⋅ft (217 N⋅m) at 7,000 rpm.
Complementing the added power and decreased weight are a new bodykit, upgraded brakes all around, a retuned suspension, new wheels and tires, and logo-emblazoned Recaro sport buckets. Availability is limited to 300 cars, all in the Milan Red finish shown, and the pricing in Japan has been set at ¥4,777,500 ($38,750 USD).
Mugen’s official website has a video of the car lapping Japan’s Tsukuba circuit in 1:06:68.