Enhanced Performance for Honda Civic Type R
2009 Honda Civic Type R
17th March, 2009
The Honda Civic Type R has received mechanical enhancements
and one new colour for its 2009 update.
The striking new colour for the Civic Type R is Honda’s traditional racing colour – Championship
Enthusiasts of the ‘Red H’ have been eager to get their hands on a Type R in White since the latest body
shape was introduced in 2007 and now their calls have been answered.
Complimenting the distinctive Championship White paint finish that evokes memories of Honda’s first F1
car in 1963, Type R has 18 inch graphite coloured alloy wheels, a contrasting smoke chrome finish on the
badges, door handles, fuel filler cap and lower front grille and exclusive Type R plaque.
But it is under the skin that the biggest change has taken place. The Civic Type R now features a limited
slip differential, helping the car to lay down its spine-tingling 148 kilowatts more effectively. Around
Honda’s test track in Tsukaba, Japan, the ‘white hot’ Type R shaves 1.44 seconds off the non LSD equipped
car’s time. The 2009 Civic Type R also has a tyre deflation warning system.
At the rear, the Type R gains parking sensors. Inside, an auxiliary jack and USB port allow owners to
connect a variety of MP3 players while the red illuminated foot well completes the sporty theme.
The 2009 Honda Civic Type R range has four colours, Milano Red, Alabaster Silver, Crystal Black and the new
The 2009 Honda Civic Type R range is now on sale in Australia. The recommended retail price (without on-road
costs) is $41,990. Metallic and pearlescent paint is $395 extra.
THE HISTORY OF THE TYPE R
February 1992: Honda engineers, with the invaluable advice of Ayrton Senna, set about developing the
race performance of the NSX. The NSX-R was thus developed. Major changes include a more aggressive suspension
and an extensive weight reduction (removing audio, electric windows, and air conditioning) to 1,230 kg from the
normal NSX weight of 1,350 kg. In addition, race spec titanium con rods are placed into the original VTEC engine,
allowing it to withstand the stresses of racing. It is finished in Championship White paint and the Red H emblem
of the RA 272, the first Honda Formula 1 car to win a Grand Prix. Production was limited to 1,995 units.
September 1995: Honda announces the launch of the DC2 Integra Type-R. The Integra Type-R is powered by
the B18C 1.8litre DOHC VTEC engine, specifically developed for the Integra Type-R, with 200 bhp at 8,000 rpm.
Fumiyasu Suga, the assistant chief engineer for Type R, declares that in order to make a true race engine,
some parts must be built and finished by hand; in particular, the assembly of the engine, balancing parts,
porting and polishing. Honda engineers buff the cylinders by hand to remove any slight imperfections, resulting
in an increase in performance of 10 bhp.
Standard equipment includes a helical LSD, sports suspension, a front lip spoiler, a rear spoiler, alloy wheels,
a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, Recaro seats and a titanium gearshift knob.
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 185 bhp at 8,200 rpm. The light weight B16B engine features a new valve
system allowing higher engine speeds, reduced engine friction, improved breathing and increased compression
Main improvements to handling include increased body rigidity, reduced weight, sports suspension,
torque-sensitive helical LSD, sports-tuned ABS, and Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tyres.
January 1998: The Accord Type-R goes on sale in the UK, with a tweaked H22A 2.2litre VTEC engine on
board. In addition, the Accord Type-R boasts a limited-slip-diff, 17 inch alloy wheels, Recaro seats and a
July 2001: An updated version of the Integra Type-R (DC5) is launched for sale in Japan and USA. The
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 220 bhp 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 at Swindon, Wiltshire. The CTR – as it becomes known by enthusiasts – is powered by a 2.0
litre i-VTEC engine that produces 145 Kilowatts at 7,400 rpm. The Civic Type-R goes on to sell over 35,000 units
and pick up numerous awards.
February 2006: The Civic Type R Concept, based on a three-door version of the 2006 Civic is unveiled
at Geneva Motor Show.
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 147 Kilowatts, but suspension is tuned to give
crisp handling and sharper steering response.