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Dondie Mallari’s Civic EK Hatch

Dondi Mallari EK

The Honda Civic is a very popular compact tuner car due to the abundance of performance and aesthetics goodies owners can buy for their cars. The EK body hatchback gained immense popularity after the release of the Type-R version, which boasts of an engine capable of 185ps out of a mere 1.6-liters. The hatch is even more sought after in the country because it was never released locally, and only a handful of units were imported through unofficial sources.


Dondie Mallari, was a die-hard Honda Civic Type-R fan, with no CTRs ever released in LHD, he had to resort to a JDM RHD (right-hand drive) unit for his project car. Mallari opted for the JDM theme for this project, which clearly shows inside and out starting with the Championship White paintjob. The front and rear end is clad with Airwalker aerodynamic FRP bumpers, grill and engine bonnet. The aerodynamic look is finished off with a pair of Spoon Sports aero side mirrors. The car rolls on Limited Edition Volk Racing TE-37s in Millenium Blue wrapped with Yokohama Advan Neova performance tires.


In the heart of the engine compartment is a naturally aspirated B16B Type-R engine bolted with a generous amount of bolt-on parts from Spoon, notably a stainless 4-2-1 exhaust manifold. An ARC intake chamber fed by a K&N filter handles intake duties, while a Fujitsubo exhaust system bolted to the end of the exhaust manifold finished off by a Spoon N1 Muffler.


The stiff stuff is handled by Spoon Sports Dampers with kg/mm coils complemented by a complete array of Spoon front and rear strut tower bars and lower arm bars, and finished off by Omnipower rear lower control arms. Braking duties are handled by front and rear Project µ slotted rotors and Integra Type-R calipers with Tanabe brake pads.


Inside the car, a pair of Recaro SR-3 seats with Sparco racing safety belts, Momo Fighter steering wheel, Spoon Sports Titanium Shift Knob and an assortment of EK9 parts can be found. An Apex-I V-AFC II sits in the middle of the dashboard for minor tuning and digital instrumentation.

This is one white hot hatch you’ll definitely see rolling in the streets and present in club meets and shows.

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