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Honda Releases $131,000 Civic Type R Race Car

By Linda Quan

Tue Dec 24 2019

The current generation Honda Civic Type R FK2 is a divisive car — to say the least.

The successor to the objectively lacklustre FD2/FN2 Type R that was based on the 8th generation Civic and manufactured between 2007-2011, the FK2 Civic Type R is anything but conservative.

Unlike the Honda Civic FD2/FN2 that somehow managed to be slower than its predecessor (the beloved EP3 Type R), the FK2 Type R is streaks ahead of where the old Type R left off.

Powered by a turbocharged inline-4 that produces 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque – the standard FK2 will sprint to 100km/h in 5.6-seconds.

Not bad, but how does that stack up against its competitors? 

Well, for starters, developing a four-seat, four-door hatchback with polarising looks and a price tag that falls squarely into the firing line of similarly powered, under-the-radar rivals like the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi S3 and Ford Focus RS was a bold move by Honda. But that’s the whole point, Honda isn’t here to please the masses, they’re here for the JDM fanatics who don’t mind treading the unbeaten track.  

So, by the same logic, their decision to release a low-volume, hardcore race car, commanding almost three times the ticket price of a regular Type R isn’t that much of a surprise.  

The Honda Civic Type R TC is a ‘track-only’, turn-key ready race car that has been specifically developed for use in the SRO Touring Car Americas TC class, SCCA T2 class, and NASA ST5 and E2 classes.

From a distance, you’d be hard pressed to separate the regular Type R from the upgraded TC version. Thanks largely to the already outrageous styling of the FK2, the exterior upgrades are limited to a high-flow grille, slightly larger rear wing and a vented fibreglass bonnet.

Inside, however, is a very different story. All of the factory niceties like insulation, seating for five and various electronic devices have been stripped out and replaced with a roll cage, racing seat and harness and a fire suppression system.

 

Testament to the capability of the motor fitted to the Type R from the factory, the engine remains largely unchanged. The Type R TC engine benefits from a better flowing downpipe and turbo-back exhaust, a racing oil cooler, upgraded intercooler and a customised ECU. Depending on requirements and racing restrictions, power can be adjusted between 201kW and 246kW through the ECU.

Suspension and brakes are where the Civic Type R TC really separates itself from its roadgoing counterpart. The Type R TC received upgraded bushings, mounts, adjustable camber plates front and rear, adjustable Bilstein shocks, adjustable caster plates for the front, race-tuned springs, new lower rear control arms with toe adjustment and an adjustable rear anti-roll bar. Brakes are two-piece Brembo four-piston callipers at the front, and stock at the rear.

The upgrades don’t come cheap. The Civic Type R TC starts at $89,990USD — which is roughly $131,000AUD at the time of writing. When you consider the regular Civic Type, R starts at just over $50,000 AUD on the road in Australia, the price starts to seem a little ridiculous.

Want a Civic Type R TC in Australia? Bad news, the Type R TC is limited to the US market.

Want the next best thing? Get your hands on a Type R for a shade over $50,000 from Honda Australia and spend the leftover $80k at Sparesbox to create a one-of-a-kind track weapon.