The Honda Civic Type R is the highest performance version of the Honda Civic made by Honda Motor Company of Japan. It features a lightened and stiffened body, specially tuned engine and upgraded brakes and chassis. Red is also used in the interior to give it a special sporting distinction and to separate it from other Honda models.In Japan, there is a one-make series of Honda Type R cars where privateers can purchase an off-road Type R and compete in a series championship which is a stepping stone for many aspiring racing drivers.
After the first generation EK9 came the second generation EP3 in 2001; a unique 3-door hatchback to the UK market which was manufactured in Swindon, England. This EDM (European Domestic Market) Civic Type R featured a 200 hp 2.0L i-VTEC engine (K20A2) and the regular Type R treatment of seam welding, close ratio 6-speed transmission and uprated brakes.
However, Honda of Japan marketed a JDM (Japanese domestic market) version of the EP3 which was exclusively manufactured in Swindon, UK and was shipped to Japan, which retained the highly renowned helical LSD similar to that of the EK9 and red Recaro race-seats. Other differences included a more track-oriented chassis settings as compared to the EDM, as well as a 212 hp i-VTEC engine (K20A) had a fully balanced crankshaft assembly with different intake manifold, exhaust manifold, higher-lift camshafts, higher-compression pistons, chrome-moly flywheel and ECU programming. All of the Japan-spec K20A Type-R powertain were built in Japan and were shipped to the Swindon plant to be installed in the Japan-spec Type-R EP3.
The JDM EP3 was also available in the traditional Type R Championship White while the EDM was not.
Helical LSD, Recaro seats, Xenon lights, Rear privacy glass, AC, Outside Temp sensor, Sony Radio / CD / Aux, Electric folding mirrors, Momo wheel, C-Pack kit, Bluetooth.
Unique to the JDM version, the Championship white paintwork is in fantastic order throughout with a rich, deep lustre and as-new factory panel gap and fitment. The front bumper and grille show no signs of wear with plastics, rubbers and surrounds all exemplary – as you would expect there is very little to belie the cars age with the lights and windscreen showing zero chips or cracks.
The Championship white with matching wheels is pure Honda Type R fever; the purists specification for this sublime hatchback.
The uniform EP3 cabin has been treated to a thorough makeover with the Recaro reclining buckets as the centre piece allied with a Momo wheel and weighted shift knob. The JDM spec carpet and mat set offers some welcome colour and warmth alongside the soft alcantara strips in the door cards. The seats maintain a soft and supple contour, free of any wear or marks whilst the carpets and mats are as clean as they left the factory.
The popular lightweight Skunk2 weighted shift knob and versatile Sony Bluetooth head unit are the only non OEM items to be found.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A raft of engine and chassis revisions really set the JDM car apart from the car we saw here in the UK. As well as higher lift camshafts, higher compression pistons and improved intake and exhaust manifolds the car has completely revised gear ratios with better acceleration than it’s european counterpart. The engine fires happily into life with the gearbox light and easy to use. The VTEC system boosts in as it should and is even hungrier for revs stacked up against the closer ratio’d box. The package is unified by a helical LSD that transforms both the feel and the power distribution to the road.
Presentation is of the highest order with only light patina of the intake manifold and VTEC branding to report. The oil has been renewed and filter replaced.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The traditional paint-matched wheels still present in their original paint from the factory, unrestored and looking fantastic alongside the bright bodywork. All 4 tyres have been recently replaced on time with the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A.
As well as new rubber on each corner, both front and rear brake pads have been replaced with genuine parts to ensure that the car performs as it should.
Sold to it’s first and only owner in Japan, 2002, this JDM special made its way to the UK in May of 2015. The car is registered with a valid V5 and MOT until August.
With recent brake pads, oil service and 4 new tyres this Type R is in perfect mechanical health and ready to use immediately.
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