Pros

  • Excellent Honda build quality and reliability
  • Incredible levels of practicality
  • Superb driving dynamics
  • Addictive engine and transmission
  • Mechanically very robust

Cons

  • Lacks torque low in the rev range
  • Many examples have been mistreated and potentially abused
  • Many have been damaged and repaired poorly
  • Pricing seems to continually be prohibitive

We say yes, but it comes with a condition.

We’d be avoiding any examples that are modified unless the modifications are of the highest possible quality and have been clearly professionally installed, avoid a Type R that’s lacking a service or maintenance history unless you’re happy to buy a project...

Publish: December 9, 2022

According to many on the internet, the 8th generation Civic hatch based, 2007 to 2011 FN2 Type R is the worst sibling of the Type R family.

Carrying over a lightly revised version of the hard revving K20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine from the previous EP3 Civic Type R, the real controversy surrounds Honda ditching its fabulous fully independent rear suspension setup for, heaven forbid, an apparently inferior torsion beam/trailing arm rear arrangement.

Although some of the other hot hatches that feature torsion beam rear ends include the iconic Peugeot 205 GTI, the critically acclaimed and Top Gear car of the year winning Ford Fiesta ST and the multiple Nurburgring front wheel drive lap record holder Renault Megane RS Trophy R.

So maybe this revised rear suspension setup isn’t the disaster many would lead you to believe.

Aside from the powertrain and wrongly criticised rear suspension arrangement, the FN2 features a host of Type R specific enhancements from Recaro style seats, aggressive bodykit, performance brakes and suspension and so much more (all listed below).

In terms of updates, a very minor facelift in 2008 included extra features and equipment and depending on the market, cars built after March 2010 came with an LSD as standard.

Depending on location and market, various special editions have been available like the GT, Race, Heritage and Mugen.

Also, interestingly, if you’re thinking of buying an FN2 Type R due to its precision Japanese engineering, these Civic models were actually manufactured in Swindon in the UK.

According to many on the internet, the 8th generation Civic hatch based, 2007 to 2011 FN2 Type R is the worst sibling of the Type R family.

Carrying over a lightly revised version of the hard revving K20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine from the previous EP3 Civic Type R, the real controversy surrounds Honda ditching its fabulous fully independent rear suspension setup for, heaven forbid, an apparently inferior torsion beam/trailing arm rear arrangement.

Although some of the other hot hatches that feature torsion beam rear ends include the iconic Peugeot 205 GTI, the critically acclaimed and Top Gear car of the year winning Ford Fiesta ST and the multiple Nurburgring front wheel drive lap record holder Renault Megane RS Trophy R.

So maybe this revised rear suspension setup isn’t the disaster many would lead you to believe.

Aside from the powertrain and wrongly criticised rear suspension arrangement, the FN2 features a host of Type R specific enhancements from Recaro style seats, aggressive bodykit, performance brakes and suspension and so much more (all listed below).

In terms of updates, a very minor facelift in 2008 included extra features and equipment and depending on the market, cars built after March 2010 came with an LSD as standard.

Depending on location and market, various special editions have been available like the GT, Race, Heritage and Mugen.

Also, interestingly, if you’re thinking of buying an FN2 Type R due to its precision Japanese engineering, these Civic models were actually manufactured in Swindon in the UK.

According to many on the internet, the 8th generation Civic hatch based, 2007 to 2011 FN2 Type R is the worst sibling of the Type R family.

Carrying over a lightly revised version of the hard revving K20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine from the previous EP3 Civic Type R, the real controversy surrounds Honda ditching its fabulous fully independent rear suspension setup for, heaven forbid, an apparently inferior torsion beam/trailing arm rear arrangement.

Although some of the other hot hatches that feature torsion beam rear ends include the iconic Peugeot 205 GTI, the critically acclaimed and Top Gear car of the year winning Ford Fiesta ST and the multiple Nurburgring front wheel drive lap record holder Renault Megane RS Trophy R.

So maybe this revised rear suspension setup isn’t the disaster many would lead you to believe.

Aside from the powertrain and wrongly criticised rear suspension arrangement, the FN2 features a host of Type R specific enhancements from Recaro style seats, aggressive bodykit, performance brakes and suspension and so much more (all listed below).

In terms of updates, a very minor facelift in 2008 included extra features and equipment and depending on the market, cars built after March 2010 came with an LSD as standard.

Depending on location and market, various special editions have been available like the GT, Race, Heritage and Mugen.

Also, interestingly, if you’re thinking of buying an FN2 Type R due to its precision Japanese engineering, these Civic models were actually manufactured in Swindon in the UK.

In terms of the exterior, there are reports that the paint is can be soft, more specifically around the door handles. In some cases owners have complained about the paint marking incredibly easily.

There are some sporadic reports of the funky door handles coming off.

The mirrors can be plagued with a few issues as well, mainly the motors to fold them over time will either get slower or in some cases just not fold anymore at all. Although it’s not a difficult fix.

Inside, there are reports of interior rattles from various pieces of trim. More specifically a few cases of rattles being more apparent when the driver’s side window is half way down.

There are reports of Creaking noises coming from the front end mainly around the front quarter panels/guards, this is usually due to dirt and nature getting between the subframe.

The tweeters on the adjacent side of the door mirrors tend to just fall off and hang by the wire. Very easily fixed by gluing back into place.

Mechanically, the K20 engine is widely considered as extremely reliable and they are a popular choice for motorsport applications because when built well and tuned properly, are capable of huge and reliable horsepower.

In road-going form as a daily driver, a well serviced example will give very few problems.

You might see a few oil leaks and occasionally a VTEC solenoid complication but basically no one big serious problem that causes any sort of catastrophic failure.

In higher

In terms of the exterior, there are reports that the paint is can be soft, more specifically around the door handles. In some cases owners have complained about the paint marking incredibly easily.

There are some sporadic reports of the funky door handles coming off.

The mirrors can be plagued with a few issues as well, mainly the motors to fold them over time will either get slower or in some cases just not fold anymore at all. Although it’s not a difficult fix.

Inside, there are reports of interior rattles from various pieces of trim. More specifically a few cases of rattles being more apparent when the driver’s side window is half way down.

There are reports of Creaking noises coming from the front end mainly around the front quarter panels/guards, this is usually due to dirt and nature getting between the subframe.

The tweeters on the adjacent side of the door mirrors tend to just fall off and hang by the wire. Very easily fixed by gluing back into place.

Mechanically, the K20 engine is widely considered as extremely reliable and they are a popular choice for motorsport applications because when built well and tuned properly, are capable of huge and reliable horsepower.

In road-going form as a daily driver, a well serviced example will give very few problems.

You might see a few oil leaks and occasionally a VTEC solenoid complication but basically no one big serious problem that causes any sort of catastrophic failure.

In higher mileage or poorly serviced engines you may sometimes see high oil consumption and on occasions some timing chain and valve train issues. K series engines have been fitted to a vast array of different Hondas for years so parts are easy to acquire and fairly affordable.

There are some sporadic reports of transmission failures, but when you look these reports, the majority of them had very questionable operator mechanical sympathy. The vast majority of them have virtually no serious common problems.

 

In terms of the exterior, there are reports that the paint is can be soft, more specifically around the door handles. In some cases owners have complained about the paint marking incredibly easily.

There are some sporadic reports of the funky door handles coming off.

The mirrors can be plagued with a few issues as well, mainly the motors to fold them over time will either get slower or in some cases just not fold anymore at all. Although it’s not a difficult fix.

Inside, there are reports of interior rattles from various pieces of trim. More specifically a few cases of rattles being more apparent when the driver’s side window is half way down.

There are reports of Creaking noises coming from the front end mainly around the front quarter panels/guards, this is usually due to dirt and nature getting between the subframe.

The tweeters on the adjacent side of the door mirrors tend to just fall off and hang by the wire. Very easily fixed by gluing back into place.

Mechanically, the K20 engine is widely considered as extremely reliable and they are a popular choice for motorsport applications because when built well and tuned properly, are capable of huge and reliable horsepower.

In road-going form as a daily driver, a well serviced example will give very few problems.

You might see a few oil leaks and occasionally a VTEC solenoid complication but basically no one big serious problem that causes any sort of catastrophic failure.

In higher mileage or poorly serviced engines you may sometimes see high oil consumption and on occasions some timing chain and valve train issues. K series engines have been fitted to a vast array of different Hondas for years so parts are easy to acquire and fairly affordable.

There are some sporadic reports of transmission failures, but when you look these reports, the majority of them had very questionable operator mechanical sympathy. The vast majority of them have virtually no serious common problems.

 

Body style:

  • 3-door hatchback

Engines:

  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Power:

  • 148kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Torque:

  • 193Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Transmission & drivetrains:

  • 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive (FWD)

Fuel consumption:

  • 9.3L/100km

Length:

  • 4285mm

Width:

  • 2046mm

Height:

  • 1445mm

Kerb weight:

  • 1345kg

Body style:

  • 3-door hatchback

Engines:

  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Power:

  • 148kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Torque:

  • 193Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Transmission & drivetrains:

  • 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive (FWD)

Fuel consumption:

  • 9.3L/100km

Length:

  • 4285mm

Width:

  • 2046mm

Height:

  • 1445mm

Kerb weight:

  • 1345kg

Body style:

  • 3-door hatchback

Engines:

  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Power:

  • 148kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Torque:

  • 193Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

Transmission & drivetrains:

  • 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive (FWD)

Fuel consumption:

  • 9.3L/100km

Length:

  • 4285mm

Width:

  • 2046mm

Height:

  • 1445mm

Kerb weight:

  • 1345kg

Warranty:

3 year/100,000kms

Servicing:

6 months/10,000kms

Model range, pricing & features

Type R

Price when new: $39,990

Price used: $8,500 - $42,000

Introduced in June 2007, the Honda Civic Type R (FN2) was a three-door hatchback based on the eigth-generation European Civic hatchback, which was produced in Swindon, UK.

The Type R featured a 2.0 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 148kW of power and 193Nm of torque, mated exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission, driven through the front-wheels (FWD).

Main features include Type R body kit, enhanced brakes, dual-chrome exhaust outlets, sports seats, red interior trim and carpets. In 2009, a MY09 update introduced rear parking sensors, upgraded sound system, iPod, AUX and USB connectivity; and footwell lamps in the front.

Standard features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Body coloured door mirrors and bumpers
  • Metallic finish door handles
  • Sports body kit
  • Rear spoiler
  • Mirror integrated indicators
  • Twin chrome exhaust
  • Enhanced 300m ventilated front brakes and 260mm solid rear brakes
  • 4-star ANCAP safety rating
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners & load limiters
  • 3 point seatbelts – all seats
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Traction control (TCS)
  • Anti-lock braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Power steering
  • Drive by wire throttle control
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlights on reminder
  • Adjustable headlight height
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Central locking
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Push start button
  • Alarm
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Rear vision mirror
  • Cruise control
  • Digital clock (audio system)
  • Trip computer
  • Electric mirrors – electrically folding and heated
  • Electric windows – front with auto up/down for all windows
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Drilled aluminium sports pedals
  • Alloy gear knob with red stitched leather boot
  • Aluminium foot rest
  • Centre console
  • Sports seats
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Driver’s seat height adjustment
  • 4-speaker sound system
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player with WMA/MP3 compatibility
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Multi-functional leather steering wheel
  • 12V power outlet
  • Cupholders – 4x (2x front and 2x rear)
  • Glove box – climate controlled
  • Vanity mirror – illuminated for driver and front passenger
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats
  • Remote hatch/boot release

MY09 update:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Upgraded sound system
  • iPod connectivity
  • AUX input
  • USB connectivity
  • Footwell lamps (front)

We say yes, but it comes with a condition.

We’d be avoiding any examples that are modified unless the modifications are of the highest possible quality and have been clearly professionally installed, avoid a Type R that’s lacking a service or maintenance history unless you’re happy to buy a project car and we’d be very skeptical of any Type R that are showing any signs of abuse.

Finally, if you do buy one and make it a good one, please don’t drive it like a dickhead or modify to look like it’s fresh off the set of fast and the furious, you’ll ruin both your image and the car itself.

We say yes, but it comes with a condition.

We’d be avoiding any examples that are modified unless the modifications are of the highest possible quality and have been clearly professionally installed, avoid a Type R that’s lacking a service or maintenance history unless you’re happy to buy a project car and we’d be very skeptical of any Type R that are showing any signs of abuse.

Finally, if you do buy one and make it a good one, please don’t drive it like a dickhead or modify to look like it’s fresh off the set of fast and the furious, you’ll ruin both your image and the car itself.

We say yes, but it comes with a condition.

We’d be avoiding any examples that are modified unless the modifications are of the highest possible quality and have been clearly professionally installed, avoid a Type R that’s lacking a service or maintenance history unless you’re happy to buy a project car and we’d be very skeptical of any Type R that are showing any signs of abuse.

Finally, if you do buy one and make it a good one, please don’t drive it like a dickhead or modify to look like it’s fresh off the set of fast and the furious, you’ll ruin both your image and the car itself.

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