Text: Brent Co / Photos: Honda Press | posted November 21, 2013 00:42
Euro Civic Type-R to get just announced 2.0 VTEC Turbo engine
The latest Honda Civic Type-R development car was previewed at its Tochigi test track in matte black finish without its normal camouflage skin. The car is being put through its paces through an intensive testing process in Europe and Japan for its debut in 2015.
The next-generation Euro Honda Civic Type-R will be getting the just announced the latest Earth Dreams 2.0-liter direct injection VTEC Turbo engine expected to put out at more than 280 PS and still be EURO 6 compliant. It will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The matte black car is seen adorned with its full aerodynamic cladding glory thanks to the removal of the camouflage. Large air intakes, front diffusers, fender flares inspired by the WTCC racecar, and a rear wing add to its menacing look.
"The car and the characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved…The car is very pointed on the front and very fast to change direction’. ‘This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel very well the DNA of Type R," commented Gabriele Tarquini, Honda WTCC driver during testing at the Nurburgring.
Honda has used its WTCC program extensively to develop the latest Civic Type-R. The Japanese automaker is targeting on setting the lap record for the fastest production front-wheel drive on the infamous Nürburgring Nordschliefe, also known as the 'Green Hell'.
This latest development car could very well be the production ready version of the upcoming Honda Civic Type-R.