U.S. Spec Honda Civic Type R Engine
If the vehicle pictured above looks foreign to you, that’s because it most certainly is. Known as Civic Type R, the aggressive interpretation of Honda’s popular compact recently reached sale at dealership locations across the Atlantic. Be not fooled by familiar nameplate associations, however. Type R is far from your common compact Civic.
Endowed by its automaker with aerodynamic ducts, diffusers, and a stylized wing, Civic Type R may possibly be the sportiest hatchback to ever bear a Honda badge. And that’s just from the rear view. A survey of Type R’s frontward fascia shows an equally aggressive treatment—a reimagined take on a Civic’s fashionable coupe aesthetic. Yet, only underneath the hood does Type R’s aura truly crescendo; and the payoff is commensurate with every beautiful swoop and contour.
Driven by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, Honda furtively quantifies Type R’s output at “more than 276 horsepower.” But considering a report for Motor Authority, Honda’s choice of verbiage may best be understood as strategically modest. Said to have been benchmarked against the 355-hp Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, the true measure of Type R horsepower may be as high as 320. There is hope among American enthusiasts that a genuine figure may known sooner rather than later, however—particularly considering rumors of a U.S. spec Honda Civic Type R engine.
Though American fans of sport performance already enjoy the high-tuned power of Honda Civic’s Si package, the car’s naturally aspirated 205 horsepower is a far cry from Type R’s turbocharged output. Europe’s sporty Civic may also be had with hatchback body styling—an option unavailable to stateside drivers. This detail is sparking a great deal of speculation as far as any U.S. spec Honda Civic Type R engine is concerned. Will Honda drop the motor into one of Civic’s current coupe or four-door models? Is a hatchback Civic body planned for the American market? Could CR-Z offer a fitting home for Honda’s air-fed four-cylinder?
As they always do, these questions are sure to work themselves out with time. In the mean, continue to follow any updates on the U.S. spec Honda Civic Type R engine right here at Continental Honda.