Indonesia launches sharper, updated 2021 Honda Civic Type R (FK8)

Sanjay · May 10, 2021 02:00 PM

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Indonesians recently welcomed the 2021 Honda Civic Type R (FK8) facelift, coming with a host of visual, performance, and creature comfort updates.

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Exterior changes include a redesigned front and rear bumper, now featuring body-coloured slats and a revised grille to improve engine cooling.

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Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, one of three colours offered

The exterior revisions reach the back too, with more body-coloured slats appearing on the rear bumper.

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Rallye Red is the third colour option in Indonesia. Championship White is a staple

Chassis improvements for this Civic Type R includes updated adaptive dampers, stiffer rear bushings, and a tweaked steering system that is said to return better steering feel.

Also read: In Brief: 2019 Honda Civic Type R FK8, rascal all grown up

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Helping things along are new two-piece brake rotors and brake pads, designed to improve high-speed braking efficiency.

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New standard features for the Type R includes a tyre pressure monitoring system, a wireless charger, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and a redesigned shift knob with shorter throws.

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Note the wireless charger poking in the background

Also making its way to the hottest Civic yet is Active Sound Control, which selectively and electronically pipes noise into the interior according to which of the car's three driving modes it's in: Comfort, Sport, or +R.

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Beyond these changes, things stay the same under the hood: the fire-breathing 2.0-litre, VTEC Turbo four-cylinder mill still makes 310 PS and 400 Nm, sending power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

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Closer to Malaysia, you can still buy one - but only via special order. Prices are only upon application (somewhere around RM 330k), but be quick as the plant that makes them closes in July.

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That isn't the end of the red 'R' saga however. Honda has confirmed that the 11th-gen Civic Type R is in the works, possibly the last one to feature a petrol engine before the brand goes full EV.

Also read: 

11th-gen, all-new 2022 Honda Civic (FE-series) debuts - looks like a downgrade?

Honda to be fully EV by 2040, goodbye VTEC and Type R

Rendered: 2022 Honda Civic Type R - The king of front-wheel drive?

Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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