The 2021 Honda Civic Type R has been quietly launched in the Philippine market and is here to spoil the arrival of the Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch.
The refreshed Civic Type R’s external looks have been slightly revised. The front and rear bumpers now feature body-colored accents on their vents, but the rest of the aesthetic package remains largely the same. This means that the Civic Type R still gets full LED headlamps, LED foglights as well as the same 20-inch alloy wheels as before.
Interior changes are also very minor, and these are limited to hard buttons in the infotainment system just like in the standard refreshed Civic, and a new shape for the titanium shift knob. Apart from these changes, the interior still features a lot of red trims and the same sporty bucket seats as before.
Where Honda spent most of their effort in the 2021 Honda Civic Type R is in its performance. The 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo gasoline engine is still the same at 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque, but the 6-speed manual’s gear ratios and clutch have been tweaked. With this powertrain, 0-100 kph is achieved in just 5.8 seconds.
Honda’s most noticeable improvements in the Civic Type R is with regard to its cooling. The grille may look the same from an aesthetic standpoint, but the actual opening is 13 percent larger. Along with an updated radiator, the engine now receives significantly improved cooling in high-demand situations on track. The resulting upgrades have made the engine’s coolant temperature around 7 degrees lower during track use.
The suspension of the 2021 Honda Civic Type R has also been tweaked. Its adaptive dampers now monitor road conditions by as much as 10 times faster than the previous system. Combined with other revisions to its suspension geometry, ride and handling are improved in whatever situation.
For better stopping power, Honda gave the new Civic Type R enhanced brakes. Thanks to the Type R’s new two-piece front rotors, new brake pads with better fade resistance, as well as larger diameter rear disc brakes, there is a 17 percent improvement in brake feel (less pedal play) along with improved stopping power and less fade.
Lastly, the 2021 Honda Civic Type R now comes with Active Sound Control, which is basically a software that pumps in synthesized engine noises through the speakers. The sound is either more refined or more aggressive depending on the drive mode.
Safety has also been a key point of improvement for the new Civic Type R, which now comes with Honda Sensing as standard. This feature combines automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.
The 2021 Honda Civic Type R will be sold in the Philippines each at P3,210,000. Color choices for the Civic Type R include the new Racing Blue Pearl as shown in these photos, Championship White, and Sonic Gray Pearl, which is also a new color.
A special introductory discount of P100,000 is currently being offered in the Type R until September 30. In addition to this, the new Civic Type R is also exempted from the DTI’s Safeguard Duties.