Hondata Squeezes Another 47HP Out Of The Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R is one of the better affordable options when it comes to driving pleasure. Honda sure knows how to work its magic when it comes to hot hatchbacks and if you can get past its looks, it’s an impressive machine.

For enthusiasts that have been waiting to see how easy the hot hatch is to tune, Hondata has just answered your questions.

Hondata (via Road & Track), a California-based tuning company that has turned even the most tepid Civics into hopped-up vehicles, has gone to work on the Civic Type R. The company announced the specs behind its latest tuning package for the hot hatch and the figures are impressive.

The company’s FlashPro kit costs $695 and gives Civic Type R owners the ability to choose from multiple maps based on their modifications. For owners that don’t have any modifications, you’ll still be able to see some improvements over a bone-stock vehicle.

Here’s what you get in terms of power

As Hondata’s dyno test reveals, when running on 91 octane, the FlashPro kit adds 33 horsepower and 39 pound-feet of torque. That’s a tidy increase over the base Civic Type R’s output of 306 hp and 292 lb-ft of torque. Make the switch to 93 octane and the hatchback now gets an increase of 47 hp and 72 lb-ft of torque.

For owners that have access to E25 fuel, the FlashPro kit provides an even larger power bump. When running on the ethanol fuel mixture, the kit will add an additional 58 hp and 78 lb-ft of torque

With 47 more horses, the Civic Type R would be slightly more powerful than the 350-hp Ford Focus RS. Those are impressive gains from an ECU tune and we’re really interested to if the extra power changes how the Civic Type R feels.

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  • LWOAP

    “The Honda Civic Type R is one of the better affordable options when it comes to driving pleasure.”

    Not unless those dealerships have anything to say about it.

    • willhaven

      You can find them at or very close to MSRP nowadays, though there are some offending dealers that believe they’ll be able to get $60k for one, which they won’t.

  • Sam

    that car is a real work of art. it is impressive what ethanol can do to increase power

    • Doug Macmillan

      It is. For the 1.5 turbo Civics, E85 is the next best power adder after a FlashPro tune. A customer with an Si recently ran 11.8 in the 1/4 mile in his daily driver making high 300 hp.

  • Scotts Merkin

    Ktuner did it first and better and for less money

    • Doug Macmillan

      Hi Scotts. Trolling again I see. Your opinion of better is completely unsubstantiated, as there is no-one who has used FlashPro for the Civic Type R and is able to make such an assessment.

  • Doug Macmillan

    There are many things we did not have time to post about in the release. For example, we give you full control of the Comfort, Sport and Type R mode, so you can have three separate custom programs. One of the first things to do is reduce the torque. Yes, reduce. The car wheelspins so much in first and second gear that it pays to reduce peak torque a little for better acceleration. Or, if you are a racer, you can calibrate your comfort mode as a “wet mode” when track conditions necessitate. This release of FlashPro for the CTR is just the first step. Our focus is on education, so that you make the best choices for your car upgrades. We’ve tested and have calibrations for intakes, headers, exhausts and different octanes.

    • SteersUright

      Awesome! Glad you addressed the issue of putting power down, a real challenge for FWD applications where all the extra HP in the world doesn’t translate to a faster car. Would you consider putting a slightly wider tire on the front axle as well for added grip and to reduce wheel-spin?

  • SteersUright

    Question is, what impact does this have on torque-steer, understeer, and can the front axle even put down the added power well? If so, Im all for it!

    • Vassilis

      I’m firmly against tuning a FWD hot hatch if you’re even remotely interested in cornering it. The factory does it right.

  • SteersUright

    The current gen Type R could be better in many ways, what car couldn’t? That said, at $35k it purportedly delivers stunningly balanced track performance and an agreeable street ride. Id say, despite the admittedly terribly overdone styling, the Type R is tremendously appealing to hardcore enthusiasts. As ugly as I think it is, the performance and price still really tempt me personally.

  • Sik Wik

    Dealers here are asking $45,000 for one. That’s before taxes.

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