By Paul Rachwal
Monday, Nov 12th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
 

When Honda's next-generation Civic Type R arrives on the European market for 2015, it will be powered by a smaller engine that's been turbocharged rather than naturally aspirated, for the first time in Type R history. That engine, said to produce more than 260 horsepower, will help the car to take the front-wheel drive record away from Renault at the famed Nürburgring track in Germany, Honda R&D Centre CEO Yoshiharu Yamamoto said.

Renault took a 265-horsepower Megane RS Trophy around the 13-mile circuit in just 8 minutes, 7.87 seconds in 2011.

Honda's Civic Type R may use a 1.6-liter turbo engine, with the brand's 1.6-liter HR412E turbo four-cylinder used in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race cars acting as the basis, AutoCar wrote.

What's more, Honda is also considering applying another technology to the car that it once used on higher-performance street cars in the form of rear-wheel steering. The upcoming hot Civic is still in the early stages of development, however. Its development period will coincide with that of the WTCC race car campaign, allowing Honda to carry over its race experience to the road car.

The release date of the car will also coincide with that of the Civic range's mid-life facelift as well. At that time, a second turbo gasoline engine may also join the Honda range under the hoods of both the Jazz (called the Fit in North America) and the refreshed Civic. It's a three-cylinder and Honda introduced it at the event as information of the future Civic Type R was announced.