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2007 Honda Civic Sedan - Sound Performance

An audiophile sees the light

May 28, 2013
Photographer: Patrick Lauder
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Marbel Bayombong of Quezon City isn't a longtime performance enthusiast. He doesn't have a long, storied resume chock full of engine swaps, countless hours of wrenching and expensive dyno sessions. In fact, if you look back a few years, prior to his taking ownership of this carbon-clad 2007 sedan, you'll find that he was knee-deep in high-end car audio competition. As a multi-award-winning audiophile, the aggressive, turbocharged four-door you see pictured doesn't quite compute.

The jump toward the performance realm was a bit rocky in the beginning. Having received a message from a friend selling the car, Marbel was enticed, but had never actually dealt with a manual transmission before. He recalls, "I didn't know how to drive manual when I bought the Civic, but after almost an hour of just going around in circles, I took my baby home!" While he didn't completely abandon his roots, employing carefully chosen audio components throughout the cabin, Marbel was ready to enjoy a new type of music-this time from an under-hood orchestra.

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Most have become quite accustomed to seeing the vulnerable K20Z3 perched in the bay of the eighth-gen Civic, almost completely forgetting about its little brother, the R18A2. While the thought of swapping a healthy dose of K-series power would sound good to anyone, the original R series has all the potential in the world to match and even exceed the factory power output of its larger sibling. To bulk up, Marbel's R series was fitted with a TD06 turbocharger and a long list of Brodeth Motorsports' custom bits, including their intake and exhaust manifolds. A side exit exhaust peeks through the side of the front bumper, and as it sits, it's currently the only properly running boosted R18 in the Philippines. On the dyno, the single slammer was able to muster 240 whp on conservative boost levels that keep the engine in a safe state for his daily commute.

Content with the car's performance, which has been exploited at Clark International Speedway, Marbel decided to add but one new carbon-fiber panel, which later led to a complete makeover. "The car was silver without any carbon-fiber parts originally. I added the carbon hood, and that's where the carbon-fiber addiction all started." A carbon-fiber trunk, wing, and diffuser make up the rear end, while a roof cap, fenders, and Mugen RR-style front bumper continue the theme started by the carbon hood. In contrast, a custom Pepper Grey paint hue was applied and attention turned toward rolling stock. Massive 19x8 Volk RE30s are wrapped in Nitto Invo tires and supervised by a Brembo big brake kit.

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Marbel may be new to the performance realm, but his FD1 incorporates style, performance, and audio, and is an outstanding start to a new build resume with almost unlimited potential.

Bolts & Washers

AEM Fic-6 engine management
TD06 turbocharger
Brodeth Motorsports piping
Brodeth Motorsports intake manifold
Brodeth Motorsports downpipe
Brodeth Motorsports exhaust
Brodeth Motorsports exhaust manifold
HKS air filter
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
RC 440cc injectors
Samco hoses
Custom aluminum radiator
Exedy Organic clutch kit

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240 whp

TEIN Monoflex coilovers

Brembo front calipers
Brembo front brake pads
Brembo front rotors
DBA rear slotted rotors
Project Mu rear brake pads

Wheels & Tires
Volk Racing RE30 19x8
Nitto Invo 235/35-19

Carbon-fiber hood
Carbon-fiber front bumper
Carbon-fiber front fenders
Carbon-fiber roof panel
Carbon-fiber rear wing
Carbon-fiber rear diffuser
Carbon-fiber trunk lid

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Bride Vorga seats
Bride wrapped side panels
Bride wrapped rear seats
Cadence speakers
Pioneer touch-screen
DC5 steering wheel
Mugen pedals
Carbon-fiber interior trim
GReddy Profec B Spec II
A'PEXi turbo timer

Special props first of all to my parents for supporting me with my hobby, Alexander Ong of Autoline, Enrico Ayllon (you know why bro, he-he...), Phillip Rubio of Prautosport, Luis Brodeth of BMC, and Mike Sanchez of Maxx-energie

Owner Specs

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Screen name

Building Hondas
5 years

Dream cars
R35 and the Aventador

Inspiration for this build
Myself I guess. I always wanted my car to start a trend.

Future builds
BRZ or 86!

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