Civic Type R FK8 Dyno Tests Downpipe and Intake Gains
Yep, helping the engine breathe easier is still the fastest way to easy power.
YouTube is a wonderful place to get an idea of how well a certain popular part will work on your project. We included the caveat “popular”, but it’s likely that someone somewhere in the world has done what you’re thinking. It’s also likely they put a video on YouTube of the process and maybe even the results. We came across an install and dyno test video from PFI Speed down in Colorado. They’re located in Johnstown, but it’s basically outside of Denver.
The owner, Brent Leivestad, seems pretty down-to-Earth and also happens to be a tuner. Anyone who’s had a car tuned, rather than relying on piggyback systems and factory pre-set, will know the value of what Leivestad does. In another video he tunes a turbo Civic Wagon up to quadruple digits. This time he’s working on something a bit tamer: the new Civic Type R. He installs an Injen intake and a P2R downpipe.
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The results? He reports uncorrected numbers, which don’t account for the elevation or the conditions when he’s running the car, but he repeats the tests enough to ensure at least some accuracy. The baseline is about 254 hp to the wheels, which dropped a bit due to heat soak and the torque management on the Type R. After adding the intake and downpipe, two of the first upgrades anyone with a turbocharged car should do, the Civic rips off a run good for 278 whp. Corrected that works out to a shocking 350 brake horsepowe! Since the Type R came with 306 hp from the showroom floor, a 44 horsepower gain is pretty impressive. And this is a mile above sea level too, so the engine is working even harder to make that power.
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