Many years ago, the moment someone mentioned K20 and Turbo in the same sentence will bring about plenty of suspicious eye-ing from friends (and foes) alike. Of course, Honda isn’t daft. With so many Honda fans worldwide stuffing gigantic turbos into their cars, in reality – it’s almost like a defacto hardcore modification for all ultra high performance Hondas.
In fact, it almost seemed that history was going to repeat itself (remember when FN and FD Type Rs were sold here at the same time?) It was only a few years ago that the FK2 was the new generation Type R. Launched in 2015, the FK2 is the first Civic Type R to feature a factory-fitted turbocharger. Thanks to the sensitive lungs of the Europeans, the Euro 6 emission standards came into effect for all cars sold there and sealed the end of Honda’s maniacal revving, naturally aspirated engines.
Honda has experimented with two methods: Turbocharging and hybrid powertrains. For the en-masse, Honda announced its new range of turbo engines in 1.0, 1.5 and finally this… the 2.0L K20C1. The FK2 was the result, with its revitalized K20C1 engine now feeding 300 plus horses and over 400Nm of torque through the front wheels.
Did we say over 300hp and 400Nm? Honda’s claim to fame was never about power numbers but lap times, and this was enough to convince the owner out of the Mugen RR (!!!) and into the new Type R. It wasn’t easy getting one though, since the FK2 was never sold here officially, but only though parallel dealers with a good contacts from the UK.
Even the recent FK8 launch wasn’t enough to sway the owner from the FK2 – with a preference for the arresting “devil’s horns” compared to the “prawn noodles” rear light aesthetic. Besides, being a track purist, there are many ways to get the two year old car up to speed…
Honda even admitted that the engine was a direct carry-over with only minor tweaks to improve on the responsiveness. Well, there is nothing wrong with a heavier flywheel especially when it helps the engine spin faster for a little longer for a smoother daily gear change. Of course, when the daily grind turns into a white-knuckle session on the track, that “responsiveness” factor was thrown out of the window entirely.
It’s odd how a subtle air intake scoop at the base of the windscreen seems so out of place on a car with tons of giant vents. However, that air scoop feeds ambient air into an Eventuri air intake with a high-flow filter. That in turn feeds an intercooler that’s almost twice as large as the original – for that essential reduction in IAT for more oxygen. With a custom map running on the Syvecs ECU throwing more fuel and you’ll end up with more power.
Let’s not forget that the FK2 is a Type R that isn’t gentle. The quad pipe Invidia Exhaust never switches off, always reminding you that you’re in a Type R with the constant booming while the suspension is as rock solid, as a Type R should be. Upgrades for the track crusades include the Cusco front and rear anti-roll bar, with only two braces. The Power braces in the front and rear tie chassis bolt points to increase rigidity for a more consistent suspension feel around the turns of Sepang.
With CF parts being so lightweight and incredibly beautiful to look at, a couple of them from Tegiwa found their way into the engine compartment to boost its aesthetic value, while the bonnet sheds a good few kilograms with the switch to CF for a more positive front end response.
Like the EK9 which was the first Type R, the FK2 is the first turbo Type R. While the FK2 has slightly faded into history due to the rapid arrival of the FK8, we will never forget it for the Type R which arrested our attention to the new generation Turbo VTECs. And so is the child in the rear seat. Being born into the world of the Turbo VTEC, lucky kid!
Honda Civic Type R FK2
Eventuri air intake
Tegiwa CF Engine Bay Side cover
Tegiwa CF engine panel cover
Forge motorsport radiator hose
Forge motorsport ancillary hose
Cusco Front anti-roll bar
Cusco Front Power Brace 2 point.
Cusco Rear Power Brace 4 point
Cusco Rear Anti Roll Sway Bar
Recaro Sport Child Booster Seat
Tegiwa CF bonnet
CF outer wing fender vent