As you may know already, Honda is already working on the next-generation Civic Type-R and according to AutoExpress this new vehicle will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that could develop around 300 hp. These words came from Yasuhisa Arai from Honda’s R&D centre.
According to the same Arai, Honda replaced the old 1.6-liter motorsport engine with a bigger 2.0-liter in order to be sure that its car is capable to take on the more powerful Renault Megane RS 265. Moreover, Honda had to be sure that its car will beat the Megane’s record on Nurburgring and become the fastest front-wheel-drive car on the well-known German track.
Despite using a turbocharger, the new engine will still offer top-end rush of the old naturally-aspirated VTEC Type-R engine. Moreover, Honda will use a new suspension set-up that promises to minimize torque steer as well as other performance-boosting enhancements. We might also see a mechanical limited-slip differential and even rear-wheel steering.
For those who don’t know, Honda showed the Precision All-Wheel steer at an event in Tochigi Japan. Using this technology, the vehicle is faster in the corners and turns both rear wheels inwards slightly under hard braking. Still, the next-generation Honda Civic Type R needs to be cheap in order to be competitive on the market.