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The all-new Honda Civic Type-R will deliver “at least” 206kW from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, the brand’s European president has confirmed.

Speaking at this week’s Frankfurt motor show, Honda Motor Europe president Manabu Nishimae confirmed the Japanese manufacturer’s upcoming hero car’s long-suspected powerplant and hinted toward its intended output.

Though a torque figure is yet to be announced, the turbocharged four-cylinder, which has been development with knowledge gained through Honda’s participation in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), is expected to be in the realm of 400Nm.

Honda Civic Type-R Prototype - 8

Honda says the new fourth-generation Civic Type-R still faces a further two years of development before going on sale in 2015.

Nishimae also expressed his confidence of snatching the record of fastest front-wheel-drive car to lap the 20.8km Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit off the 195kW/360Nm Renault Megane RS265 Trophy (8min7.79sec) – a goal set out last year by Honda CEO Takanobu Ito.

“We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target,” Nishimae said.

“[We] have already set a time approaching the lap record.”


The Civic Type-R was spied last month being benchmarked against the Ford Focus RS500 and Opel Astra OPC, along with the Megane RS265 Trophy.

Honda has also released a new clip (above) of the Civic Type-R prototype at the Nurburgring, with its WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini behind the wheel, revealing an apparent 7000rpm redline, a tachometer 1000rpm shy of the previous car’s 9000rpm display and a manual transmission.

Honda Australia has previously stated that the next-gen Civic Type-R is high on the brand’s wish list, with hopes it will join the local line-up by the middle of the decade.

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