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Not that we're expecting to see the car over here anyway, but we hear that the impending return of the Honda Civic Type R could bring with it a more powerful engine crammed under its short hood. Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has already confirmed the Civic Type R would return in 2015, and now Auto Express says that a Honda R&D employee has confirmed that this car will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing "as much as" 300 horsepower – earlier speculation had the car powered by a smaller 1.6-liter four.

Honda has already vowed to make the Civic Type R the "fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle on the Nürburgring," so this much power doesn't seem out of the question. We already spotted a Type R test mule putting some laps on the 'Ring earlier this summer. Other reported details about the new Type R include it retaining its front-wheel-drive layout but adding a limited-slip differential and possibly even rear-wheel steering for optimal performance and handling.


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        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        ...the politics of the CRZ is supposed to be the sport coupe that can ease your conscience.
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          @Drakkon
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      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, that's great. We'll never see the Type-R in the US. Can Honda at least stick a detuned version of this 2.0 in the Civic Si to give someone a real reason to buy it, and make it competitive as well?
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take that vulgar spoiler off it and I am in! This is better looking than any other USDM Honda out there, that is for sure. I wish Americans would get over the idea that hatchbacks are cheap! Maybe we'd get better looking cars that way!!
      chromal
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I'm not a huge fan of the style, this would be a good start on a Civic reboot in the US. Power, check. Hatchback, check. Manual tranny, check. ALL SYSTEMS GO.
      Thenewblack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just gotta say, congratulations Honda for finally attempting to compete with a hi-po Civic. It's been years.
      Anthony Williams
      • 2 Years Ago
      No amount of horsepower will fix ugly.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...but adding a limited-slip differential..." ADDING an LSD? Shouldn't that be part of the package from the get go? The ******* Si gets an LSD, and it (right now) is a piece of crap.
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Haven't you said in previous posts that you don't know how to drive a manual transmission? Pretty sure I've argued with you regarding the 2012 Civic SI at least once in recent history. How do you come to the conclusion that the current SI is a piece of crap when you can't even drive one yourself? I own a 2010 Civic SI (FA5) and I'll be the first to say that the [uglier] 9th gen's are the best performing SI ever sold in the US. The 2.4L has a better torque curve for daily driving and the extra low-end twist is a welcome addition on a track. The purists claiming "Honda lost it's soul" are delusional. I spent two days driving a friend's 9th gen' and I was convinced; the Civic SI needed the extra displacement the same way the S2000 needed the 2.2L in the AP2.
          poopstainstain
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bazinga
          I've owned an ap1 and ap2 s2000 and the 2.2 in the ap2 makes NO difference at all. An extra 10 ft. lb of torque isn't going to be noticed. The gear ratio was the biggest change. Ap1 redlined in 3rd gear at 92mph whereas the ap2 redlined at about 75mph. Honda lost it's soul after uehara retired. Now honda focuses on making fuel efficient peces of ****. The 9th gen civics are DISGUSTING. The only good thing about them is the k-series. Honda should bring back the dc2r and s2000.
      The Law
      • 2 Years Ago
      No AWD, No care.
      David M
      • 2 Years Ago
      V-TECH JUST KI-----------TURBOOOOOOOOOO
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David M
        V-TECH = Maker of phones VTEC = Variable Valve Timing and Lift
          oRenj9
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I think VTECH also makes those cheesy electronic games for small children.
          cantdrive55
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          VTEC = Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control Left out the EC of VTEC.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          V-tech=Virginia Tech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David M
        [blocked]
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it still going to have an antique rear suspension?
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      18-22k? Anything over that will sell just as bad as a the current civic type S. The teen tuner category is very price sensitive.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda use to be the king of simple, normally aspirated practicality...but I wouldn't trust them with complicated components such as turbos or hybrid engines.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        You kidding? The K23A1 in the previous gen RDX was a riot
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob
          J32? how about the H22a, B18c, K20a, K20z1 and K20z3, K24a2, B16a and B16b.....F20b...... F22C...
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob
          oh and... how can we forget the C30 and C32a ??
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        o.O How about F1 engines, or Indy engines, or I don't know, airplanes? Engineers get to build what the bean counters and execs say they can build, not what they want to or are capable of building.
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