If you’re wondering one of the many reasons why people like golden era Honda engines, this EK9 Civic Type R grazing 9,500 RPM without breaking a sweat is one of them
There are certain video clips about Hondas I simply can’t resist watching on social media, one of those is dyno runs with loud VTEC crossovers, and the other is Honda engines flexing for the ‘gram by hitting insane RPMs. This is the later.
This video comes from IG user @darwinguiza who owns a 1999 Honda Civic Coupe with a full Civic Type R B16B engine swapped under the hood.
Check out the video below.
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This is one of those third gear runs where you start your pull from a gear and literally top out your gear until you hit the factory rev limit. Although the factory rev limit is at 9,000 RPM, with an ecu flash, that can easily be bypassed.
Although the B16B shared its displacement with other B-series engines of the time period, the Civic Type R B-series engine was a true Type R in every sense of the word, literally a race engine for the streets with the right modifications.
This B16B got exclusive hand porting from the factory that increased HP up to 182 HP at 8,200 RPM and 118 lb-ft at 7,500 RPM.
With the same block from an Integra Type R B18C5 but with the crank that had the same stroke from a B16A, this was essentially a destroked B18C5 Integra Type R engine.
As this video shows, although he surpasses the factory rev limit, it’s common knowledge that these Civic Type R engines are quite happy in the upper rev range and can surpass that rev limit often.
With the right supporting mods, Spoon Sports infamously built a B16B that hit 11,000 RPM, no big deal.
Honda motors of this type are no longer a thing thanks to forced induction replacing the need for high-revving naturally aspirated engines.
That doesn’t mean enthusiasts aren’t wringing these golden era engines on the regular.
Have you brought a B-series Honda past VTEC and beyond before? What was it like? Let me know in the comments below.