#startupmonday: Episode 05 – Honda Civic Type R (FD2R)

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#startupmonday episodes #03 and #04 have so far been Euro specials so, this week, we have decided to turn our attention to some cars from the East. This week’s JDM special is none other than Honda’s evergreen Civic Type R, specifically the FD2R.

The FD2R was an interesting car when it first made its worldwide debut back in 2007. It was the first time a Civic Type R was produced as a four-door sports saloon (previous iterations were three-door hatchbacks) and also the first time a Type R model was officially introduced to the Malaysian market. As trends go, this may also be the last naturally aspirated Type R ever produced.

At the heart of it all was the high-revving K20A 2.0-litre motor that made 225 PS at 8,000 rpm and 215 Nm at 6,100 rpm. The mill is mated a six-speed close ratio manual transmission, good for a 0-100 km/h sprint of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. Incredibly, the FD2R carried what seemed like a reasonable sticker price of RM199,800 but crunching the numbers today shows it carried a lofty value of RM929/Nm.

Used prices for the FD2R tell a different story altogether – despite being over a decade old, prices remain strong in the RM100k region, with the final batches from 2010 asking about RM120k. To put things in perspective, I recently sold my 2012 Golf GTI Mk6 for a snip under RM80k (RM210K when new). Oddly enough, the three-door hatchback variant (European market FN2R; 201 PS and 193 Nm) doesn’t see similarly strong residuals and can be found in the most marketplaces for sub RM70k.

When you watch our feature car this week, you’ll probably be able to tell it isn’t a stock car. We asked the owner for its list of mods and it includes a Hondata ECU, TODA headers, 2.7″ piping, FastLap Center Bullet, and an enlarged throttle body. This fella is loud… very loud. We’re told that the paint job is a dark shade of blue but looks like a gorgeous shade of purple to us. It pairs well with those bronze wheels too.

Again, we stress that it sounds best with a good set of headphones/earphones. Enjoy.

By the way, this week’s feature photo are courtesy from Neil S Media; you can follow him on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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