Honda is set to launch a new Honda Civic Type-R in 2013. Sources told Autocar that the hot hatch will make its comeback in the recently launched Civic hatchback. According to Manabu Nishimae, president of Honda Motor Europe, customers want sporty models. He said that it will take Honda some time before it could meet this demand immediately but it will definitely develop these products.
The Civic Type-R will continue to have a high-revving naturally aspirated petrol motor that could deliver more than 200bhp with a marked focus on handling instead of pace.
According to Yoshikazu Kigoshi, general manager for Honda research and design centre, the new Type-R is made different from the standard car by adding special bumpers, wheels, spoilers and seats as well as firmer springs and better settings.
Mugen will not have a part in the development of the Civic Type-R even as it was involved in the new Mugen CR-Z. It’s uncertain exactly when the Type-R will arrive. Sources said that it’s possible that additional Type-R models will show up in the current range. But then again, this report has yet to be confirmed.
The latest Civic Type R has the new turbocharged VTEC TURBO engine at its very heart. The 2.0 litre petrol direct injection engine gives you torque, performance and power figures that competitors in the same segment cannot match. You can get up to 310 PS when running at 6,500 revolutions per minute. Then enjoy up to 400 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. These are all better than what you see on previous Type R models.
The new Civic Type R pays tribute to the traditional design elements that you see on other Type R cars. There are the aluminum intakes and the flaming red engine cover that references the Civic racing cars that won the World Touring Car Championship in 2015.
Going above its maximum rated speed at 7,000 rpm, the turbocharged engine incorporates the Japanese carmaker’s best technologies: the Dual-Variable Timing Control and the Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control. The VTC and VTEC give you better response at low speeds while also helping you sustain acceleration.
Dual VTC and VTEC technologies is enhanced by a turbocharger that results in better efficiency, packaging, and output. The Dual VTC gives the new car a finely managed valve timing overlap regardless of rev range, making the new Type R more efficient and responsive.
Meanwhile, VTEC helps tone down turbo lag by increasing exhaust pressure at lower speeds while also helping up the output at high speeds. All of these help the Type R deliver top peak output even with only a mono scroll turbocharger in place. It does so while improving responses at low RPMs and power delivery.
The turbocharger also uses an electronic wastegate to make the car even more responsive. This wastegate gives you more freedom in controlling induction pressure than when compared to a traditional unit.
The mono scroll turbocharger, along with the aluminium VTEC rocker arms, cast aluminium pistons, lightweight crankshaft, and forged conrods make the new Type R’s engine very light and very compact.