The Honda Civic Type R might just be the greatest Civic ever built, but we probably won’t see that here in America. The Civic took such a big hit last year with a disappointed new version coming out and of course the drastic drop in sales in the Chinese market that CEO Takanobu Ito has become more passionate than ever to build a car that no one will be able to resist. This of course includes making it the fastest front wheel drive in its class on the Nürburgring.
Many people have been raising their eyebrows at how you can take the Civic from last year’s disappointment to the top of the charts, but it looks as if Honda just might have found a way to do that and part of that is the turbocharged 2.0 liter engine they intend to fit under the hood. This engine is expected to get as much as 300 horsepower, which will surely put it in the running to become the, if at least not one of the more powerful small sedans in the mix of new cars coming out.
Yasuhisa Arai from Honda’s Research and Development Center says, “We have an idea of the products our rivals are developing and regardless of what anyone else produces, our car will be the fastest front-wheel-drive model around the Nurburgring when it goes on sale. And we will do whatever we need to in order to make that happen.”
One of the Honda Civic Type R direct competitors is the Renaultsport Magane 265. This is the car that has been chosen as a benchmark to beat. Honda has promised that the new Civic Type R will beat the Megane who is the current champion of the Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel-drive car. We’ll have to wait until 2015 to see if Honda can pull that off.
Source Auto Express UK