Honda Civic Type R Showcases New 2.0-Liter Turbo Engine


  • Honda Civic Type R Prototype Picture

    Honda Civic Type R Prototype Picture

    Caption: Honda | November 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The European-market Honda Civic Type R is the first model to get the automaker's new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine.
  • Honda says the engine is expected to have class-leading output in excess of 276 horsepower.
  • A Civic Type R development car is undergoing testing at Honda's in-house track in Tochigi, Japan.

TOKYO — The European-market Honda Civic Type R is the first model to get the automaker's new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine. The car will debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show.

Honda says the new engine is expected to have class-leading output in excess of 276 horsepower. The Civic Type R will debut in 2015 in Europe.

A Civic Type R development car is undergoing testing at Honda's in-house track in Tochigi, Japan.

Since the Civic Type R is not expected to be sold here, the more pressing question is which of Honda's U.S. nameplates will get the new turbo engine. American Honda Motor Co. did not immediately respond to a request from Edmunds asking about the U.S. plans for the engine, part of Honda's family of downsized, turbocharged engines that are part of the automaker's Earth Dreams powertrains.

The engines use turbocharging, direct injection and Honda's variable valve timing system dubbed VTEC to boost performance and fuel economy.

The production version of the Civic Type R is expected to have different bodywork from the prototype.

Honda's World Touring Car Championship driver Gabriele Tarquini recently tested the car.

"I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the setup they achieved," he said in a statement provided by Honda.

Edmunds says: The real story for American buyers is what's under the hood here.

Comments

  • pommah pommah Posts:

    Designed by Bud Tugly

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Not bringing the Type R to the US? Huh? Honda could really use this 276+ hp motor to compete with cars such as the Focus ST, GTI, and Speed3.

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