Tuners Targeting Type R Cars for Improvements
Updated February 17, 2016
Why? Because of its new 2-liter VTEC turbocharged engine. The stock engine generates 310 PS. That’s not bad; especially when you compare it to a Leon Cupra that now offers 290 horsepower.
The big change that has attracted the attention of the top tuners is the turbocharged engine. These things are easy to tune unlike the naturally aspirated versions. Instead of having the need to add new pistons and injectors, a tuner can simply upgrade the engine using a laptop.
For example, Shiftech, a French tuner, strapped the Civic Type R to a dyno and discovered that the ECU upgrade can push total output to 354 PS. Torque also improves to 487 Newton-meters from a reading of only 87 Nm.
It seems like a tuned Type R can compete with the powerful hyper hatchbacks including the pre-facelift A45 and the RS3. The difference in the R compared to those other styles is that it generates power through the front wheels.
The older generation Type R didn’t do much for tuners because they could only achieve a 9,000 rpm red line only when its acceleration was pushed to full power. Now the Honda Civic is gaining attention strictly because of the turbocharger.
So the obvious question is: Can the Honda Civic Type R deal with the torque that would be generated by a tuner’s improvement?
Remember a few years ago when the Ford limited the camber change on the front wheels when the Focus RS, the Astra OPC, and the Megane cornered? Honda now has a similar system called Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension and it too does a better job on cornering like the Ford system, but only reduces the torque by a little more than half.
Honda claims that there is no need for anti-roll bars on this model Civic because the front suspension is up to 177 percent stiffer than the standard Civic. The Japanese-car maker also decided it could eliminate the torsion beam rear set-up because of restrictions made on the platform.
Expect more Type Rs to find their way to top tuner’s garages as we make our way through the year.
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