HONDA CONFIRMS TURBO CIVIC TYPE R
Put all rumours, reports and ringside comments out of your mind, because now it's a fact: Honda's new Civic Type R hatch will draw power from a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Confirming the details at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda Europe president Manabu Nishimae said the engine will product "at least" 280 PS, or around 206kW.
It will match Opel's Astra OPC however, which also features a 206kW 2.0 litre turbo engine.
But, so that there can be no doubt, Nishimae reaffirmed company boss Takanobu Ito's stated goal of creating "the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the infamous Nurburgring circuit in Germany".
That will mean bettering the 8:08 time of Renault's all-conquering Megane RS 265, which is driven by a 198kW turbocharged 2.0 litre engine.
Honda says it is deep in testing at the moment, and it will be for sometime to come: the CTR won't go on sale until 2015.
"We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record" Manabu Nishimae said today.
Today's news also puts to rest speculation of a hybrid powertrain, with some reports pointing to a 1.6 litre turbo engine mated to an electric motor.
Away from the engine bay, the next Civic Type R could feature a 'back-to-the-future' all-wheel-steering system, helping the company hit its laptime goals.
For now, it remains unclear when Honda will offer a first official look at the new model, but with its debut now set for 2015, it could be a while.
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