Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has introduced the New Honda Civic Type R, refreshed with a new sporty exterior design and mechanical updates.
The New Civic Type R maintains its 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO engine that produces a maximum power output of 310 PS at 6,500rpm and peak torque of 400 Nm from 2,500rpm to 4,500rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission equipped with a rev match control system.
It now comes equipped with Active Sound Control (ASC), complementing the Type R’s triple exhaust system’s refined note. With the ASC, the Type R’s audio system provides an enhanced engine sound within the cabin during aggressive driving in Sport and +R modes, refining it during acceleration in Comfort mode and enhancing the driving experience.
The New Civic Type R has improved suspension and brake systems for more responsive and sharper handling. Besides, the Civic Type R’s Adaptive Damper System’s control software has been upgraded to allow faster road condition evaluation, resulting in improved damper reactions for better handling response and ride quality.
However, in terms of braking, upfront, the vehicle comes equipped with Brembo four-piston calipers paired to a new two-piece floating 350mm front brake discs and new brake pads. The company claims that the enhancements in the Type R’s braking system improve thermal efficiency and reduce brake fade for increased capabilities during high-intensity driving for optimized on-track performance.
Talking about its looks, the New Civic Type R gets a refreshed sporty update. The front and rear bumper get updated with new lower fog light surrounds. It features a new symmetrical design, smooth surfaces, and sleek styling blades. In addition, the front and rear bumpers and side skirts continue to sport a carbon fiber effect front splitter, side under spoilers, and rear diffuser with a sporty red accent line, which runs around the entire vehicle. Filling the vehicle’s enlarged wheel arches are 20-inch Berlina Black alloy wheels.
Moreover, the New Civic Type R sports a new front grille design with a new thinner grille beam. HCPI claims that it provides a 13% larger air intake area. Combined with the Type R’s updated radiator core, this decreases coolant temperature by up to 10 degrees (under Honda internal testing) during high-demand situations, such as track driving.
Furthermore, it now comes equipped with Honda’s SENSING suite of driver-assistive functions. Through a monocular camera and wave millimeter radar simultaneously working to monitor and assess various road conditions in front of the vehicle, Honda SENSING alerts the driver of potential hazards that may occur. In addition, Honda’s suite of driver-assistive features provides an array of advanced safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Along with Honda SENSING, the New Civic Type R comes standard with an array of safety features such as Front Driver and Passenger Airbags, Side and Side Curtain Airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and Multi-View Reverse Camera with Guidelines.
The New Civic Type R comes with an SRP of Php 3,210,000, and it will be available in three colors: Championship White, Racing Blue, and Sonic Gray. Note that the SRP is exempted from Safeguard Duty Bond. Moreover, HCPI offers an introductory PHP 100,000 discount for the New Civic Type R from July 27 to September 30, 2021.
For more information on the New Civic Type R, visit Honda’s official website.