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History of the Civic Type R: A Hot Hatch Legend 

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The Civic Type R has carved its name into the hearts of car enthusiasts not just in Ontario, California, or the Inland Empire but across the globe. Its journey from a JDM cult icon to a global powerhouse reflects a relentless pursuit of performance that resonates with the thrill of car shopping for a new or used hot hatch. 

The Beginnings: EK9 Era (1997-2000) 

Our journey begins in 1997 with the EK9, the first Civic to don the ‘Type R’ badge, a model that set the stage for what would become a legendary lineage. The EK9, exclusive to the Japanese market, was a hot hatch that boasted a hand-ported 1.6-litre DOHC VTEC engine, a lightweight body, and a close-ratio 5-speed manual gearbox. This naturally aspirated engine screamed to life with one of the highest power outputs per liter at the time, delivering a raw, unadulterated driving experience 

The Third Generation: FD2 and FN2 (2007-2011) 

Fast forward a decade, and the Civic Type R evolved into the FD2 and FN2 models. The FD2, sold only in Japan, was a 222 hp sedan that featured a host of performance upgrades, including Brembo brakes and a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. The FN2 catered to the European market, offering a 198 hp engine and a chassis tuned for handling prowess. Each variant had its unique offerings, with the FD2 receiving a power bump in the Mugen RR version and the FN2 introducing the stripped-down Race edition. 

Turbo Era: FK2 and FK8 (2015-2021) 

The introduction of the FK2 in 2015 marked a significant milestone – the first-ever turbocharged Civic Type R. With 306 hp under the hood, it set a precedent for performance, further refined with the FK8 in 2017. The FK8’s arrival in the U.S. was a watershed moment, bringing with it a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and sophisticated aerodynamics, not to mention a lap record at the Nürburgring for front-wheel drive cars. This model underwent a refresh in 2020, enhancing its already razor-sharp handling and safety features, and culminated in the release of the Limited Edition in 2021, which became a collector’s item almost immediately. 

The Latest Evolution: FL5 (2023) 

Today, the all-new FL5 stands as the most powerful Civic Type R ever made. It is a culmination of its predecessors’ strengths, bringing forth a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 315 hp and a suite of technological advancements. The FL5’s sleek design and advanced aerodynamics are not just for show – they significantly improve high-speed stability. Inside, the driver is greeted by Type R’s iconic red seats, a digital instrument display, and a plethora of cutting-edge safety and assistive technologies. This model continues to push the boundaries, setting a new track record at the Suzuka Circuit, ensuring its legacy as the best-performing Civic Type R to date. 

Embracing the Civic Type R Legacy  

The Civic Type R’s journey is a testament to Honda’s commitment to engineering excellence. For enthusiasts in Ontario and the Inland Empire, this lineage offers more than just a car – it’s a piece of automotive history. Whether you’re car shopping for a new FL5 or a classic EK9, each Civic Type R represents a chapter of a storied past. 

When considering a Civic Type R, whether it’s the turbocharged prowess of the FK8 or the refined FL5, shoppers can expect a vehicle that embodies the spirit of a manual gearbox – a nod to the driving purists. The Civic Type R is not just a machine; it’s a lifestyle statement, a symbol of performance that’s as much at home on the streets of Ontario as it is on the racetrack. 

For those looking to experience this hot hatch legend, Visit us! And if you’re contemplating between a new or used car, let the Civic Type R’s history guide your decision.  


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