Honda Civic Type R – is the FD2 Type R the best one ever?

Lio N · Dec 30, 2021 05:55 PM

Honda Civic Type R – is the FD2 Type R the best one ever?

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In the great argument of ‘which is the best Honda Civic Type R ever?’, there are really only two contenders: the decade-old Honda Civic FD2 Type R and the latest Honda Civic FK8 Type R. The Honda Civic FD2 Type R can be had anywhere from RM100k to RM150k on the used car market these days, which makes them almost half the price of current one. Is this 10-year-old fire-breathing Honda Civic still worth it these days?

Honda Civic FD2 Type R – specs

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Two major ingredients make the delicious Honda Civic FD2 Type R cake: a scintillating naturally-aspirated engine, and a brilliantly capable chassis.

The powertrain specs for the Honda Civic FD2 Type R are as follows:

  • Engine: K20A 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated, inline-4 with 16-valves
  • Power: 225 PS at 8,000 rpm (redline 8,400 rpm) and 215 Nm at 6,100 rpm, I-VTEC cam shift-over at 5,800 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive with Torsen helical LSD


Here are the chassis specs for the Honda Civic FD2 Type R:

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  • 50% more rigid and 11.6 kg lighter than the Honda Integra DC2 Type R
  • Total weight of the car is 1,250 kg
  • Front axle: MacPherson struts, damping rate is 1.25 times higher and 10 mm lower than standard Honda Civic, stabilizer bars are stiffer and thicker
  • Rear axle:  reactive link double wishbone with 1.6 times higher damping rate and 5 mm lower than standard Honda Civic, stabilizer bars are stiffer and thicker
  • Brakes: 320 mm with 4-piston calipers on the front axle with cooling from ducts in the front bumper

In summary

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What specifications can’t tell you is the way the car feels when you’re taking the car by the scruff of the neck and really driving the Honda Civic FD2 Type R. It’s not an everyday car – no, it’s a car for the times you crave that raw, wild wail of the K20A engine revving to its redline. Progress has made the new Honda Civic FK8 Type R much quicker and more comfortable but no less exciting. However, the Honda Civic FD2 Type R just brings a different, more frenetic and palpable kind of excitement that modern superhatches or supersedans just don't have.

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