Honda Civic Type R MK4 (FK2)
The Honda Civic Type R MK4 (FK2) was launched in 2015 as the first factory turbocharged Civic Type R.
The new direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine offered greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda Type R engine. Peak power output was 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – featured an advanced new turbocharging system which incorporated Honda’s Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (VTC) technologies to boost low-end response while delivering sustained acceleration. The mono scroll turbocharger combines with cast aluminium pistons, aluminium VTEC rocker arms, forged conrods and a lightweight crankshaft to minimise the overall weight, size and rotational mass of the engine. For improved thermal management the engineering team incorporated numerous cooling technologies, such as cylinder head and piston cooling, sodium-filled exhaust valves and a high-capacity air-to-air intercooler.
Final drive is through a helical limited slip differential that aids strong cornering traction, even during hard cornering. The front wheel hot hatchback accelerated from 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and could reach a top speed of 270 km/h (167 mph).
A new four-wheel Adaptive Damper System was developed specifically for the Type R model enabling continuous independent control of each wheel. An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system enhances high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. The Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam rear suspension enhances high speed stability, improving rear roll rigidity by 177% and removing the need for a rear anti-roll bar, thus saving weight. The car is also equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package developed specifically for the Civic Type R. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm discs – the largest ever to have been installed on a production Type R model – which are drilled to stabilise braking friction between the disc and pad at high temperatures.
An increase in body rigidity by 18% was achieved by optimising the bracket designs and application of adhesive instead of using additional structural steel material, this strategy saved 4.5 kilograms.
On the exterior the car featured numerous styling changes that gave it an aggressive, purposeful stance. The bodykit included sporty bumpers with larger intakes, front splitter, widened front wheel arches, outlet vents above the wheels, a functional rear diffuser, a large rear wing and a pair of dual-exhaust tailpipes.New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, wearing 235/35 R19 Continental tyres are unique to the new Civic Type R, complement the visual changes. Inside, exclusively designed high-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black and red fabric with red double stitching sit 30 mm closer to the road than in the standard car,
Honda Civic Type R MK4 (FK2)
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350 mm Ventilated Discs
296 mm Discs