The Manging Officer at Honda R & D centre has officially confirmed that the next-generation Civic Type-R will be equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing around 300 hp, contradicting the previous rumours suggesting the usage of a 1.6-litre turbo with 250 hp .
The Japanese manufacturer wants to transform the C-segment saloon in the fastest front wheel drive car around the Nurburgring circuit, breaking the record of the Renault Megane Trophy, which holds the current best time (8 minutes and 08 seconds). The new Honda Civic Type-R will fit a mechanical limited slip differential and the new Precision all-wheel steer, which enables all four wheels steering to enhance maximum driving pleasure.
Yasuhisa Arai, interviewed by Auto Express, also revealed that the 2.0-litre turbo powered engine will still offer the same high-performance as the naturally aspirated VTEC that replaces, maintaining all the engines’ characteristic of the Type-R models. The car will go on sale in 2015 with prices starting from £25,000.