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Type R Approved: The Three Other Civic Type R Cars That Came From Honda’s UK Factory

Swindon is no stranger to Honda's hottest Civics

Swindon is no stranger to Honda's hottest Civics

The FK8 is the fourth Honda Civic Type R built in Honda’s UK factory. Here’s a quick look at the other three.

Read about our journey driving a 2018 Honda Civic Type R to Honda’s Swindon factory right here.

Code name: EP3

Manufactured: 2001-2005

Total built: 4490

Swindon produced two versions of the EP3, the second Civic Type R, one for the European market, and one for the Japanese market, both based on the seventh-generation Civic three-door hatchback. The European version was the softer of the two, with a 197hp variant of the 2.0-liter VTEC four under the hood, a close-ratio six-speed transmission, and uprated brakes. The faster, more focused JDM model got a special 212hp engine built in Japan, as well as a helical limited-slip differential, sharper suspension settings, and red Recaro seats.

Code name: FN2

Manufactured: 2012-2015

Total built: 2,985

Japan and Europe went quite different ways when it came to the third-gen Civic Type R. JDM versions (FD2) were based on the eighth-generation four door Civic sedan and built in Japan, while European models were based on the Civic three-door hatch built in Swindon. As such, the FN2 shared platform elements with the Honda Fit, including the under-seat fuel tank, and a torsion-beam rear axle instead of the more complex multi-link rear end used on the FD2. And while the JDM Type R boasted a new engine with 222hp, the FN2 carried over the previous car’s 197hp powerplant.

Code name: FK2

Manufactured: 2015-2017

Total built: 15,978

Based on the ninth-generation Civic five-door, the FK2 was a more serious car than previous Swindon-built Type Rs. With this car, Japan didn’t get to hog the good stuff. Built in a single spec for the world, which boosted production numbers significantly over the previous two Swindon-built Type Rs, the FK2 got the 306hp K20C1 (the same engine that powers the new FK8) built in Anna, Ohio, along with the all-important helical limited-slip differential. As with the FN2, the rear axle was a torsion-beam unit—adoption of a multi-link rear suspension was one of the key changes made with FK8.

Photos from our trip to the 2018 Honda Civic Type R’s factory: