One of my all-time favourite Hondas is the Spoon Civic EK9. When I purchased my white EK4 SiR, the Spoon EK9 was my inspiration. I wanted it to look, sound, and drive like the Spoon EK9. My earliest memories of this particular vehicle are from Gran Turismo 3, in the tuner section, where you were able to purchase current tuning shop cars from Japan. I can remember being blown away at this mighty little Civic pulling rpm well over 10,000, and knew from that moment in time I would own several Hondas. 

The Spoon EK9 Civic has gone through some serious development over the years, and there are a few videos that truly stand out to me. These are videos I watch frequently to get my high-rpm fix … 

Spoon Civic EK9 B16B 11,000rpm kit

The first video is how I originally found the Spoon EK9 Civic on YouTube. The Spoon team had found a way to pull a massive 11,000rpm from the B16B engine. Nothing short of impressive! To get you started, this one is a must-watch, as you’ll truly appreciate how potent it was with only a 1600cc engine. 

Spoon Civic EK9 B18CR hot lap around Tsukuba

The second video on my list is the next phase of the Spoon EK Civic. In this video, it now sports a seriously worked B18C engine, with 260hp. Take a ride with Keiichi Tsuchiya as he makes his way around Tsukuba at a wild rate of knots. Listen to that heel-toe as he downshifts — pure ear porn thanks to ITBs and a titanium exhaust! 

Spoon Civic EK9 K20A swap

Last, but certainly not least is the EK9 featuring an engine conversion that is becoming commonplace with Honda tuners all over the world: the K20A swap. Although chassis with the K20A as factory were available for modification by Spoon, they saw it fit to improve on their EK9 once again. More torque and more power resulted from the conversion, so Keiichi Tsuchiya once again takes it for a strop around Tsukuba. After watching all three videos, at what point would you own a Spoon EK9 — the high-revving B16B, the power-hungry B18CR, or the refined torque-heavy K20A? Tell us in the poll below! 

René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.