By Drew Johnson
Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012 @ 5:52 pm
 

Honda's next-generation Civic Type-R will arrive with a turbocharged 2.0L engine, not the 1.6L unit previously reported. Honda engineers decided to up the grunt of the Civic Type-R in order to ensure a new front-wheel drive lap record at the Nurburgring.

Previous reports indicated that Honda would use a turbocharged version of its 1.6L motorsports engine in the next Civic Type-R, but Yasuhisa Arai, a member of Honda's R&D team, confirmed to Auto Express that the hot hatch will arrive with a larger 2.0L motor.

Arai revealed the turbocharged 2.0L could put out as much as 300 horsepower, which would trump the Civic Type-R's intended rival, the 265 horsepower Renaultsport Megane 265.

"We have an idea of the products our rivals are developing and regardless of what anyone else produces, our car will be the fastest front-wheel-drive model around the Nurburgring when it goes on sale," Arai said. "And we will do whatever we need to in order to make that happen."

The Civic Type-R is expected to hit the European market in 2015, but it doesn't appear as though Honda has any plans to sell the car in the United States.