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Honda has something wicked up its sleeve, based on the latest batch of spy photos we've received. This is purportedly the next Honda Civic Type-R, out testing in Germany and on the Nürburgring. The last generation of the Type-R went out of production in Europe in 2010, and while we admired it from afar, it's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder produced similar figures to the American-market Honda Civic Si.

From the looks of both it and the cars Honda engineers are benchmarking, the next Type-R will be much more powerful. In the spy photos, we can see four meaty exhaust pipes along with what is quite clearly an intercooler hiding behind the rear bumper. That's right, the next Type-R will be turbocharged. It'll need to be, though, if it's meant to tackle cars like the Opel Astra OPC, Ford Focus RS500 and Renault Megane RS Trophy (not pictured, but there according to our spies).

300 horsepower from a 2.0-liter engine should be on offer, and would match the competition quite well. Other obvious tweaks from the ho-hum five-door Civic are mainly aerodynamic. It sports an aggressive body kit with a meaty chin spoiler, rocker panels and a big rear wing. Red Brembo brake calipers can also be seen behind the sporty wheels and low-profile tires.

We'd expect the Civic Type-R to arrive in showrooms sometime in 2014, making a debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show a long shot. Geneva seems like the more likely locale for an unveiling.


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      Hal Jordan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who would have ever dreamed of putting a turbo 4 cylinder in a sport compact car?!?! Congratulations, Honda! You are about 14 years late to the party!
        TangoR34
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hal Jordan
        You can't blame them though. Soichiro Honda has a theory that performance engines should only be naturally aspirated for the pure sensation. Of course the down side is that they are late to the party but if they managed to eliminate turbolag better than the others then they might just pull it off and leap ahead of the others.
        Jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hal Jordan
        Yeah, that naturally aspirated formula is a terrible one. Ironically, all of the world\'s best current sports cars contain naturally aspirated engines (Corvette, M3, 911, Cayman/Boxster, Ferrari F458). Maybe Honda isn\'t late to the party?!? Is a turbo four cylinder an improvement over the current NA Civic Si? Accord to MotorTrend, the current US Civic Si is, it\'s almost identical in straight line acceleration to the Focus ST which has a turbo 4, torque steer and 51 more hp and 100 lb/ft of tq (on paper). The Civic Si is a scant 2/10’s of a second slower 0-60 and posts an identical ¼ mile time within 3/10’s of one mph. And to quote MT ‘Despite the lack of forced induction, Lago contends that the Si doesn’t lack power’ MT 2013 Ford Focus Road Test http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/1212_2013_ford_focus_st_test/#ixzz2brb6vtME 0-60: 5.9 ¼ mile: 14.6 @ 95.9mph MT 2013 Honda Civic Si Road Test http://wot.motortrend.com/2013-honda-civic-si-coupe-tested-on-latest-ignition-376499.html#ixzz2brbpt9c7 0-60: 6.1 ¼ mile: 14.6 @ 95.6mph
      Gijs Muller
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's also a nice video of it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBHUxqJqVBU
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      A 300hp factory turbocharged Civic? Not ever.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Import the hatch to the US market or quit talking about it.
      Soichiro
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this is going to be a special car, but an even more special engine/transmission. Honda is going to want to use it to market the perceived connection between its return to F1 (as an engine supplier) and its road cars - especially in Europe and Japan. This car should achieve that nicely, showing Honda's first turbocharged performance road engine (RDX doesn't count). While I doubt that this particular car will make it to North America, I would be surprised if North America didn't get something with a similar power train. I also think there is chance that engine in this car will be a 1.6L (as is found in the WTCC car) as opposed to a 2.0L. It is also rumored that the next generation of Super GT powered Honda's will use a 1.6L as well. Finally some exciting times for those who love Honda's!
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...which we will never see.
      ghetto2315
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank god there is camo to hide the ugliness...
      AE86
      • 1 Year Ago
      I DOUBT it will have 300 hp. The Ford in the back does look badass....
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AE86
        Why doubt 300hp from a 2 liter 4 cylinder? Those figures aren't outrageous nowadays and Honda knows a thing or two about pulling power from small motors (185hp from an NA 1.6L, 240hp from an NA 2L, and those are just the street cars...) In a day with direct injection and variable turbine geometry, it's almost expected Honda should hit 300hp in a turbo-charged Type R.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AE86
        How much hp can a 2.0 turbo 4 get? MB CLA AMG has 355hp, so 300hp from Honda isn't impossible to get at all.
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          @Aaron, you mean the FIVE cylinder? (We're talking turbo 4's)
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
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          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          @Aaronmt_mt Why not read careful before comment, benz have been making turbo and supercharge road cars, all the 20 years, honda was not make turbo all the 20 years, and honda was not the only ones with turbo F1 in the 80s benz have and aslo renault was the first engine supplier to bring turbo to the F1.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
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      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      And america will never see it - thanks for ******* Honda!
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      Sandy Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rear bumper intercooler? Is this related to CNN's turbo steam?
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will the Civic hatch ever return here?
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