Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

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Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Type R it is not a simple logo identifying one Road Honda proposed in a sporty key, but it has always been something more. Type R, which can be translated into “Race type”, it’s cars derived from series production and developed by Honda technicians to meet the expectations of passionate more demanding, often also identified as i car enthusiast.

Car enthusiast

THE car enthusiast they want car with high performance, cutting-edge technical and technological contents and solutions such as to guarantee perfect efficiency of the machine even on the track. For this the Type R they are not just sport compact with a lowered trim or a more powerful engine. Instead they have top thrusters in the category, capable of achieving remarkable levels of efficiency, completely revised chassis, redesigned suspension, self-locking differentials, racing seats and everything you need to lower the hot lap. Without sacrificing, however, the usability and reliability of a car for everyday use.

Type R and VTEC

At Honda, Type R rhymes with VTEC, the legendary distribution management system that first introduced the dual phasing concept. The Type R philosophy has shaped the loyalists of the Japanese brand: from simple enthusiasts they have become true followers. Supporters who for dedication and loyalty they are second only to Alfa Romeo supporters, at least in Italy.

Honda Civic EG 1992

Honda Civic EG 1992 the Type R ante-litteram

The version VTi, with engine 1.6l with 160 HP can be defined as a Type R ante-litteram. Favored by a good frame, excellent suspension and above all by 100 hp / liter of its 1.6 VTEC it went down in history as the “Sport Civic”.

NSX Type R (1992)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Honda NSX Type R

The first Honda Type R produced was the NSX Type R. The aim of the project was to create a more powerful and effective version of the super sporty NSX for use on the track. A car dedicated to those who considered the original too bourgeois for their tastes and needs. Marketed only in Japan, it was equipped with a V6 3-liter naturally aspirated from 280 hp at 7,300 rpm. It was 120 kg lighter than the production version.

HONDA Integra Type R (1995)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Honda Integra Type R (1995)

After the NSX it was the turn of the Integra sedan to be able to boast the Type R logo. The small engine The 1.8 liter VTEC delivers 200 hp at 8,000 rpm. However, it is equipped with new sports suspension and ad hoc aerodynamic profiles.

HONDA Civic Type R (1997)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

HONDA Civic Type R (1997)

In 1997 the Honda Civic will mount the engine 1.6 B series VTEC and will be named Type R. The prodigious 4-cylinder VTECit delivers 185 HP at 8,200 rpm and is combined with numerous chassis and suspension improvements. Like the Integra and the NSX it was not imported to Europe. Numerous Type R versions did not arrive in our continent, this for reasons of commercial choices but also for homologations. In fact, Honda has always had at heart the problem of Polluting emissions.

HONDA Integra Type R (1998)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Honda Integra Type R (1998)

The second generation of the Integrate, closer to Western tastes, it was the first Type R to arrive in Italy. Equipped with a mighty 1.8-liter VTEC 190hp, had special suspension, self-locking differential, racing seats, a weight reduced to just 1,100 kg and is recognized as the world’s best front-wheel drive in its years (even later). THE 233 km / h top speed and 6.5 seconds for 0-100 I am still thrilling numbers almost twenty years after its launch.

HONDA Accord Type R (1999)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

HONDA Accord Type R (1999)

A sedan that, thanks to its 4 cylinder 2.2 liter VTEC 210 HP, was able to give lively performance and excellent behavior in sporty driving. This is thanks to the presence of the self-locking differential, the dedicated suspension and a stiffened frame. Less extreme of the previous models, was commercialized only in Europe.

Integra Type R (2001)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Integra Type R (2001)

The third generation of the Integra was the first Type R to mount the now legendary K20 2-liter VTEC engine in 220 hp version. It was commercialized only in Japan, much to the chagrin of the many Honda fans around the world.

Civic Type R (2001)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Civic Type R (2001)

However, the version was “granted” to the European market Civic Type R. Equipped with the 4-cylinder K20 in a weakened version compared to the Japanese version: 200 hp against 220 hp of the model sold “in house”. Extremely high performance even if combined with an aesthetic that is not exactly exciting, still make it one of the today popular models in terms of front-wheel drive among track day enthusiasts.

NSX Type R (2002)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

HONDA NSX Type R (2002)

The swan song of the NSX, after more than a decade of honored career, was a version Extreme Type R. To lower the weight to 1,270 kg it was virtually eliminated any comfort, including air conditioning, power steering, sound insulation and a lighter windshield was also mounted. The 3.2-liter V6 delivered over 280 hp, a limit that Japanese manufacturers tended not to exceed at the time, at least as an official declared value!

Honda Civic Type R JDM (2007)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Honda Civic Type R JDM (2007)

For the Japanese market Honda prepared in 2007 the third series of the Civic Type R. Mounted on a 3-volume body, the aspirated K20, also 2 liters, it delivered 225 hp.

Honda Civic Type R European version (2007)

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Honda Civic Type R European version (2007)

The beginnings in the European market were not exciting for the third generation Civic Type R. A little squat in the line and below expectations in terms of performance and efficiency on the track, it remained in the shadows with its 201 CV. However, he was able to make up for himself on the circuit, thanks to aexcellent technical starting point.

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R 2020

Totally renewed the new Honda Civic Type R with VTEC Turbo engine introduced supercharging on the VTEC which has thus also become turbo. With this solution, the Civic Type R pulls at every rpm (ups and downs) thanks to the technologies used by Honda such as the famous VTEC to manage the opening / closing of the valves: cam timing and valve lift are variable according to the engine speed with always optimal values ​​at low / medium / high rpm. The Dual-VTC completes the work, through the variable and different double timing for the 2 intake valves.

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Front view new Honda Civic Type R 2020 blue

Honda Civic Type R Limited edition

There Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition it is the most extreme Type R ever produced in just 1,000 units, lightened, ideal for track days and those who just want performance: no air conditioning and no multimedia system. Coming soon on NEWSAUTO the video with the test and the complete report.

Type R Honda, Japanese sports cars for car enthusiasts

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition

The video with the test of the Honda Civic Type R

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