Having made its regional debut in Manila earlier this year, the all-new Honda Civic Type R (FK8) is open for bookings in the Philippines effective 11 July 2017 with deliveries set to commence in September.
Based upon the current-generation Civic Hatchback, the all-new FK8 Type R is exclusively built in Swindon, UK, and is the first model in the lineage to built for a global audience – cars from the plant will be shipped across Europe, to the US, and even back to Honda’s domestic market in Japan.
Powering the Type R is Honda’s 2.0-litre K20C VTEC Turbo engine carried over from the previous-generation FK2 Type R. Power is detuned slightly from 320PS available in European markets to 310PS @ 6,500rpm, whilst maximum torque of 400Nm is sustained from 2,500 to 4,500rpm.
A six-speed manual couples the engine exclusive to the front wheels, and Honda has beefed the forward axle with upgrades such as a helical LSD and separation of the steering knuckle from the strut, the latter being a particularly important design to minimize torque steer. Adaptive dampers all-round are standard.
The Civic Type R, if anyone needs reminding, is currently the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle to have lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.
Honda Cars Philippines Inc (HCPI) will be bringing 100 units of the Civic Type R to the Philippines at a suggested retail price of PHP 2.98 million, converting to RM252k at the present exchange rate.
Whilst six colours in total are offered globally, HCPI has chosen to spec all Philippines-bound FK8s in either Championship White or Rallye Red colours.