Singapore - Mention Honda Civic to any enthusiast and they would probably rattle off words like ‘EK9’, ‘FD2R’ and the most recent addition to the family - the ‘FK8R’. So it came as a surprise when I was approached by a friend to feature not one, but two Honda Civic Type-R(s), both yellow and were not from any of the generations mentioned above.
This immediately caught my attention, as the cars in question were a FK2R and a FN2R. Both of which were amazing in their own right but were alas subjected to the ‘middle-child’ syndrome of not really being loved by the masses.
Now the FN2R was rolled out of Swindon in the UK as Honda Europe’s answer to Japan’s insane FD2R. Outlandish looks aside, the hatch made do with a slightly detuned K20 engine and a torsion beam at the rear - needless to say, legions of Honda fans over in Europe were up in arms over not getting something similar to the superior Japanese Civic Type-R.
As for the FK2R, it too rolled out of England as Honda’s first stab at a turbocharged K20 engine but its product cycle only lasted a mere two years before it was eclipsed by the more advanced FK8R.
These two Honda Euro-hatchbacks were not really popular here nor the world as a whole, thus finding specimens that have been built-up are extremely rare. I was intrigued at the opportunity to meet up with the owners to find out more about their rides.
I got in contact with Melvin who owns the FK2R and John who drives the FN2R and arranged for a photoshoot with the duo. You might not be able to tell from the photos but the FK2R’s vibrant yellow is a wrap-job while the FN2R has been sprayed inside out with Phoenix Yellow. Anyway, let’s kick things off by looking at the cars!