The 1997 Civic Type R is the third model by Honda to be introduced as a Type R model after the Honda Integra and Honda NSX-R. Similar to other Type R models, the Civic is powered by a high-revving inline-four engine with 182 hp and an extensively modified chassis shedding unnecessary weight for track use.
The “championship white” paint. The five-lug wheels. The red Honda badges. The stance and the sound. The Type R theme is often imitated, but the original limited-production Type R can’t be duplicated. Few similarly-sized hatchbacks can keep up with the Type R’s B16B motor, carrying on a Honda tradition by making an astonishing 182 horsepower naturally, through careful hand-porting of the head and increased compression. The interior is stripped of unnecessary material to bring the EK hatch down to fighting trim, and the chassis is specially seam-welded for greater rigidity. Honda specialists also threw every trick in the book at the EK9’s already phenomenal full-double-wishbone suspension, nearly eliminating understeer for perfect balance, making it nearly as fast as an Integra Type R on most road courses. The only way to truly appreciate the transformation the simple Civic went through to gain the coveted Type R badge is to hop behind the wheel and unleash it in any of Forza 4’s tracks—but the twistier, the better. Whether you appreciate the EK9 Type R in its original factory-modified form, or unleash all of your tuning and painting skills on it to transform it into the ultimate expression of your Honda fantasy, is completely up to you.
The Civic Type R is built on a seam welded chassis that signficantly increases rigidity and has fully independent suspension with double wishbones at the front and rear. Due to a high number of weight reduction applications including the absence of air conditioning and elimination of sound insulation, the Type R only weighs 2403 lb (1090 kg), making it the lightest Type R model ever made.
The Civic Type R is powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine, codenamed B16B. Despite its small displacement, the engine is capable of redlining at 9000 rpm and produces 182 hp (136 kW) at 8200 rpm that was achieved through the use of DOHC VTEC, a variable valve lift timing system designed to increase overall efficiency and power at higher rpms.
The Civic Type R is one of the quickest accelerating hot hatches in the Forza series as evident by a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of up to 5.7 seconds and a top speed maxing out at 151 mph (243 km/h). Due to a relatively low torque output of 118 ft·lb (160 N·m) however, acceleration may be affected when driving uphill and requires optimal momentum when taking on corners. Handling-wise, the Civic Type R benefits from its low weight in the form of strong steering feedback and neutral corner behavior, allowing players to complete corners with little difficulties as understeer is mostly kept at a minimum.
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