August 1997: The EK9 Civic Type-R is launched in Japan. It is powered by an exclusively-developed 1.6-liter DOHC VTEC B16B engine that makes 185 bhp at 8,200 rpm.
The lightweight B16B engine features a new valve system allowing higher engine speeds, reduced engine friction, improved breathing, and increased compression ratio.
Main features of handling include increased body rigidity, reduced weight, sports suspension, torque-sensitive helical LSD, sports-tuned ABS, and Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tires.
The Civic Type R models were preceded by the 1990-1991 EF8 CRX SiR and the 1992-1995 EG6 SiR-II. The 1990-1991 Civic CRX SiR was the first Civic ever to utilize the potent B16A engine and an optional LSD, and with a stripped out interior devoid of optional luxuries such as power windows, A/C and power steering, they proved to be quite a quick hatch.
This inaugural top-of-the range Civic marked Honda’s successes in Formula One, with multiple Constructor’s Championships with the Marlboro McLaren team.
The latter EG6 SiR-II used the same stripped out formula, with a 10 hp (7 kW) hike for the B16A engine and a marginally stiffer chassis, this time in a larger heavier body shell.
The 1998 EK9 Civic was the first to be given the Type R badge. It featured a Type R prepared B16B engine producing 185 PS (182 hp), Helical LSD, stiffer chassis, upgraded sway bars and strut bars, Recaro alcantara seats, 15″ alloy wheels and a large boot spoiler. Since then, most generations have offered a Type R variant. The Type R version of the Civic has never been sold in the U.S.
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Length / Width / Height (mm)||4180 / 1695 / 1360|
|Tread Front/Rear (mm)||1480 / 1480|
|Indoor size Length/Width/Height (mm)||1705 / 1390 / 1115|
|Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)||135|
|Engine||Water cooled IL4 DOHC VTEC|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||81.0 x 77.4|
|Final Gear Ratio||4.400|
|Suspension Front/Rear||Double Wishbone / Double Wishbone|
|Brake Front/Rear||Ventilated Discs / Discs|
|Fuel Capacity (litre)||45|