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17 Apr 2007 | Local News : Singapore


The Honda Civic is a cornerstone model of the Honda line-up. Since its launch in 1972, it has earned recognition and acclaim as an icon in the automotive industry. Cumulatively, Honda Civic has reached more than 16 million customers globally.

As the Honda Civic has been re-invented throughout its previous seven generations, each new model has consistently set new standards with its innovative packaging, attractive styling, high fuel economy, low emissions, fun-to-drive performance, reliability and safety. The 8th generation 2006 model amplifies the defining character of the Civic with a long list of Honda technology and engineering innovations, resulting in a vehicle that is pure Honda, exclusively Civic.

We are pleased to announce the all new Honda Civic 3-door Type R, exclusively built in Swindon, United Kingdom.


1st official Type R in Singapore
Reworked engine makes power more accessible
More refined and easier to use every day
Still exhilarating to drive: 0-100km/h in 7.0 seconds
Stiffer chassis, unique Type R suspension settings, more responsive steering
The highest level of safety
Built in Swindon, Wiltshire UK

"Since the limited edition run of the Honda Integra type R in 1998, the Type R's have eluded the Singapore market largely due to exhaust emission and other homologation issues," says Ms Tan Kheng Hwee, General Manager of Kah Motor. "We've waited 9 long years and we're proud to announce our first official Type R. The highly-anticipated official Honda Civic Type R goes on sale on 13 April 2007, and we're confident it will be well worth the wait!"

"The new Honda Civic Type R is not only an exciting and raw driving experience, it is also the hot hatch of hot hatches," says Mr Vincent Ng, Product Manager of Kah Motor. "Be it track outings or daily commutes, the Type R will deliver driving thrills all the way. I am sure this car will become the new performance icon in Singapore."

While it's just as exhilarating to drive as the 2001 Honda Civic Type R, the latest high performance Honda Civic Type R is a more refined 'premium superhatch', with improved comfort levels, integrated styling and handling tuned for enhanced responsiveness and predictability.

The new Type R continues to be powered by the naturally-aspirated, highrevving 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine but the unit has been significantly reworked to improve responsiveness using a new balancer shaft and drive-by-wire throttle control. VTEC variable valve timing and VTC variable inlet camshaft technology continue to underpin the engine structure.

Further development of the Type R unit means more useable torque, as the switch to high-lift, long duration valve timing (the cam change) now takes place at a lower 5,200rpm, and continues all the way to 8,000rpm. So that screaming, high rpm VTEC range is broader and more accessible.

To mark the entry to this 'power band' a new i-VTEC indicator just to the right of the digital speedometer is illuminated once the revs rise above 5,200rpm.

Maximum power is now 201PS, reached at 7,800rpm (previously 200PS at 7,400rpm) and the car is more responsive generally, while improved aerodynamics ensure the new car cuts through the air more cleanly. Slightly lower gearing compensates for a small increase in kerb weight.

Acceleration figures are respectable for this class of cars - 7.0-second 0- 100km/h time - and the new Honda Civic Type R will power all the way to 231 km/h.

The chassis of the UK Civic 5-door - already widely praised for its handling balance - forms the basis for all 3-door models and provides an ideal platform for the Type R.

Building on the Honda Civic Type S suspension, which is fine-tuned for sharper chassis dynamics, the Type R takes those modifications to the next level. Like the Type S, its rear track is 20mm wider than that of the 5-door model, but otherwise damper, bush and spring characteristics are all unique to Type R.

Broad 225/40 ZR18 tyres provide added grip, while a 15mm reduction in ride height further reduces body roll. Firmer steering, a quicker ratio and stiffer steering box mountings all provide pin-sharp responses to steering wheel input, while the fuel tank's central location beneath the cabin floor helps to lower the centre of gravity and reduces the body's inertia moment.

The Type R also builds on the Honda Civic's body structure - one of the stiffest in its class - and that rigidity plays a key role in the responsive chassis dynamics.

Extra strengthening has been introduced into the floor cross member just ahead of the central fuel tank, around the upper front suspension mountings, while the lower cross member (just ahead of the engine bay) provides greater rigidity. The overall result is a more predictable chassis, with levels of responsiveness and stability that are some of the best in its class. At the same time, the damper settings deliver enhanced ride comfort, so the Honda Civic Type R is easier to use in all conditions and on all surfaces.

While the styling of previous Honda Civic Type Rs has almost been an afterthought, the latest car enhances the already-bold appearance of the Honda Civic to build an incredibly assertive look. Seven-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard and - helped by the car's low ride height - these tuck neatly under the body-coloured arches.

The deep front spoiler incorporates a larger air intake to channel air to the induction system, as well as triangular fog lights. There is no missing the distinct body-coloured tailgate rear spoiler, which follows the kick-up line from the rear quarter windows, and provides added down-force. At the front, a black honeycomb mesh grille replaces the glass panel of other Honda Civics, sporting - of course - the infamous red 'H' badge.

While more discreet than on the outgoing car, Type R logos feature throughout. Firstly, the front brake callipers wear the insignia, and stainless steel inserts on the door sills also carry the badge.

Inside, it's all about the driving experience. Front seats are racing-style buckets with large black Alcantara bolsters and red stitching, red fabric seat cushions and backs. The seat bench in the back repeats the same colour combination.

The effective Dual Zone, two tier dash - common to other Honda Civic models - also features in the latest Type R, but with red illuminated dials set off by gunmetal effect switch panels on either side of the central display. The driver grips a black, leather-covered steering wheel with red stitching and type R red central 'H' logo, while the gear shift knob with aluminium-finish has a black boot with red stitching.

And, to make each Type R even more exclusive, a plaque engraved with the car's unique serial number is placed just ahead of the gear lever.

Imported only in the top of the line trim version, the Honda Civic Type R comes with additional features such as cruise control, dual zone air conditioning, fog lights, automatic lights and wipers and side & curtain SRS airbags.


The Honda Civic 3-door Type R is built exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) in Swindon.

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