Honda Civic Type-R
- Mileage: 12,309
- Year: 2002
- MOT Expiry: 12 Months
- Exterior Colour: Nighthawk Black Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Cloth / Alcantara
- Top speed: 146
- 0-60mph: 6.7
- BHP: 197
- Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1998cc
- Engine Configuration: Inline 4
In 2001 Honda introduced the next generation of the Civic Type-R, the EP3, which was to be manufactured in Swindon. This EDM (European Domestic Market) Civic Type-R featured a 200 PS (197hp) 2-litre i-VTEC engine (K20A2) along with the regular Type-R treatment of seam welding, a close ratio six-speed transmission, and uprated brakes. Japanese Domestic Market Type-Rs were also manufactured in Swindon and subsequently shipped to Japan.
The EP3 Civic Type-R was much acclaimed by motoring journalists across the UK, winning ‘Hot Hatch of the Year' awards more than once from Top Gear, Fifth Gear and What Car?. The Type-R became a popular alternative for mainstream drivers clocking huge sales numbers. The 2001 release of this CTR (Civic Type-R), as it is commonly referred to, also indicated Honda's return to Formula One after almost 10 years as an engine supplier to the Jordan and BAR teams - this eventually led to the full-fledged comeback as a dedicated F1 works team in 2005 with Honda gaining full ownership of British American Racing.
The base price for the 2001 Civic Type-R in the United Kingdom was £23,100.
Type-R numbered plaque, Type-R body styling, Type-R sill decals, Sports grille, Rear spoiler, Chrome twin tailpipes, Alcantara-trimmed Type-R racing style front seats, Electric windows, Electric door mirrors, High security CD tuner with RDS, ISOFIX, Front cup holders, Front and rear disc brakes, Electronic (EBD) anti-lock brakes (ABS), Ultrasonic alarm, ECU engine immobiliser, Remote central locking, Micro antenna, Space saver spare wheel.
The Type-R's strong, clean lines are really accentuated by the lustrous Nighthawk finish. The gleaming black paintwork also provides a superb contrast against the Type-R decals, badges, and chrome twin tailpipes. With just 12k miles to its name the bodywork is in really smart condition. There are no scuffs or scrapes to be found with few signs of use to report.
The Civic's cabin is equipped with high-back sports seats trimmed in alcantara and embroidered with the Type-R insignia. The condition of the upholstery is expectedly good with minimal wear to the delicate bolsters. Commonly worn items such as the steering wheel and gear knob present with excellent factory textures, free from any marking or scuffs. The pristine carpets are protected in the foot wells by the original set of overmats.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This one owner Civic has been maintained annually by the supplying dealer, Chiswick Honda, regardless of mileage. Unsurprisingly, the 2-litre i-VTEC performs effortlessly on test with a smooth progression of power right across the rev range. The car is an absolute joy to drive, with silken gear changes and plenty of low down torque. Coupled with its impeccable service record this example is sure to make for a great investment. It was most recently serviced just 400 miles ago.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 17-inch twin spoke alloys present in impeccable condition having just been refurbished to the highest standard. They are finished in the correct shade of dark metallic silver and also boast newly refurbished centre caps. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Bridgestone Potenza tyres, each with 5mm of tread remaining. On test the brakes remain feeling sharp.
The Type-R was first registered in August 2002. It was supplied to its first and only keeper by Chiswick Honda who have serviced the car religiously from new. The service booklet is complete with 14 entries at extremely close mileage intervals, as detailed below.
3,500 miles - Chiswick Honda
4,563 miles - Chiswick Honda
6,292 miles - Chiswick Honda
6,813 miles - Chiswick Honda
7,685 miles - Chiswick Honda
9,057 miles - Chiswick Honda
9,591 miles - Chiswick Honda
9,903 miles - Chiswick Honda
10,338 miles - Chiswick Honda
10,634 miles - Chiswick Honda
10,909 miles - Chiswick Honda
11,320 miles - Chiswick Honda
11,763 miles - Chiswick Honda
11,897 miles - Chiswick Honda
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