We loved the Honda Civic Type-R, one of the best hot hatches we've seen in Australia. Sadly, it exited here a couple of years ago. Happily, there's a new one on the horizon. Frustratingly, it hasn't been confirmed for Australia yet, although the local HQ has said it's on their wishlist.
The new Civic Type R will launch overseas in 2015. We've already seen spy shots and prototypes, and now Honda has trickled out some more details. Honda has confirmed the Civic Type-R will pack a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, delivering at least 210kW. That's a considerable 62kW more than the last version we saw here.
The new engine will use direct-fuel-injection technology -- of a departure from the previous model, which depended on high revs for its power. No performance figures have been released yet, but expect it to trim the 193Nm 2011 car's 6.6 seconds for the 0-100kmh sprint.
Honda has already set its sights on a Nurburgring record, aiming to claim the crown for the fastest front-wheel-drive car to tackle the circuit. In the lead-up to this, they've had famed WTCC driver Garbriele Tarquini out on the Nurburgring warming the car up -- and having it star in some footage for a teaser video.
Watch the Honda Civic Type-R video here.
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