Saturday, July 14, 2007

Face Off: Type R UK VS Type RR Japan!

Alright ladies and gentlemen, this is it. Which Honda Civic Type R should we spend our money with? (Let us assume that we are in the middle ground here, let us set aside the fact of which vehicle will be able to reach the shores of the Statue of Liberty.) We have all been presented with two lovely choices: The Hot Hatchback Type R of UK, and the Mugen Type RR of Japan.

Oh who am I kidding. It is obvious that the latter will be more preferred over the former because it is the upgraded version. But it would not hurt to compare them a little, just so you guys can have it all here in one page. So here it is, Type R UK, and the Type RR Japan.


While many have been whining about the return of the well-loved Honda Civic Type R, Honda UK was busy beautifying its precious gem already. Hence, they came up with the obvious way to give the Civic range a sporty, trendy appeal. The 200bhp chain-cam six-speed baby is a full 20bhp more than the SEAT Leon 20VT without the benefit of a turbo, and 28bhp more than the ClioSport 172, and a massive 50bhp more than the current VW Golf GTi 1.8T. Whew!


Okay, now the anticipation for this one was even worse. If Type-R fans waited for the comeback of Type-R while biting their nails, the people actually bit off their fingers for a glimpse of this feisty hot rod. (It is just too bad, really, that it is only available in Japan, whereas Type-R UK has already reached Australia.) The Mugen badge all the more explained how upgraded this is---to hot too handle. The heart of the Type RR is Honda's terrific DOHC 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and produces 240 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque.


Hell, who am I to judge between two goddesses of beauty and skill? I am just a humble messenger, so feel free to make the decision for yourself.