Six Civic Type Rs in contrast with each other, including the only saloon of the bunch.
With the iconic hot hatch’s almost 22 years of history, it’s inevitable that each of the five generations would be compared to each other. Considering that several MK1 Civic Type Rs are still on the road today, it isn’t hard to get them all together. Such as this video from Youtube’s Lovecars at the top of this page. For a brief history of the coveted red badge, read along.
It all started with the Civic Type R EK9, which was introduced in August 1997. This first-generation model was a JDM classic and was based on the three-door hatchback Civic. With weight reduction measures and the use of the hand-ported B16B engine, the Civic Type R EK9 has one of the highest output per litre – 182 bhp and 118 pound-feet of torque coming out of a 1.6-litre engine.
Next is the Civic Type R EP3, which was based on the seventh-generation Civic. It’s the first Civic Type R to be produced in the U.K., particularly in the Swindon plant, which is then shipped to Japan. The second-generation Civic Type R’s defining characteristic is its almost-minivan styling and its 212-bhp i-VTEC engine.
The third-generation Civic Type R is probably the most intriguing, as Honda opted to build two types of it. While both types of the MK3 were based on the eighth-generation Civic, the Asia-exclusive model is a four-door saloon (FD2 chassis) and has a higher output than its European counterpart at 222 bhp and 159 lb-ft torque. In comparison, the Euro-version FN2 has an output of 198 bhp and 142 lb-ft torque, and still a three-door hatchback.
The Civic Type R FK2 is the first of the red badge to bear a turbocharged power plant. It’s also the one that lived the shortest, only hitting showrooms from 2015 to 2017. Regardless, its engine output has been raised to an outstanding 306 bhp and 295 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The latest Civic Type R, the FK8, need not any introduction at this point. Watch the video on top of this page for the comparison of all generations of all generations of the Honda Civic Type R.