A 300-hp turbocharged four cylinder might find it’s way into the next Civic Type-R.
Previously, AutoGuide speculated that Honda’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine bound for its WTCC car might be the powerplant of choice. The brand hadn’t made an official announcement about a production car for it to live in. Honda CEO Takanobu Ito’s claim that the car will be the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle around the Nurburgring set the bar very high.
But now British outlet AutoExpress is reporting that Honda Research Institute president Yasuhisa Arai confirmed a 2.0-liter unit for the car. That’s because the 1.6-liter unit apparently won’t be enough to best its benchmark car, the Renaultsport Megane 256, round the ‘Ring.
Apart from that, Arai also said he hoped the turbocharged engine will still keep the old VTEC Type-R’s top-end power. Furthermore, Honda is exploring suspension options to minimize torque steer. Among the options: a limited slip differential and even rear-wheel steering, although that would require considerable changes to the car’s rear suspension.