Honda Civic Type-R Prototype - 3

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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    206kW that’s about the same as the NSX!!!

    • Edward

      One of the few torquey Honda’s. Even at over 100km/hr they keep on giving!

      • Birty_B

        Cause it’s one of the very few turbo’d honda’s

        • Edward

          Oh dear… get your facts right before you shoot from the hip.

          The NSX never had a turbo. Its called a 3.2 litre naturally aspirated V6 (3.0 litre in the auto)

  • Bill Murray

    7000rpm is 2000rpm short of 9000…

    • Type R

      Maybe watch the video Bill? New Type R “red-lines” at 7000, and “revs-out” at 8000. The previous gen was 8000/9000.

      • Bill Murray

        Ah ok. Can’t watch the vid at work and the way it was written didn’t explain it all that well.

      • Edward

        By memory, the FN2 cuts off at 8250rpm. But hey who’s counting? (besides me)

        Personally i think the red area should be the definitive red-line. I’ve developed a nasty habit of pushing into the red because i know there are a few more revs in there

  • DigitalCourt

    Honda you really don’t need to disguise your “design” ;|

  • Jason Bourne

    2015?? by the time they reach their goal of ‘smashing’ the RS265’s current record, Renault would have likely launched another version which betters the time and hold on to the record.

    • Homer

      Yes I agree, the RS265 would have moved the goalpost but I am not sure how much power the renault would gain by then. 195 KW now in two years say another 15 – 20 KW and that makes it about the same as Honda. This type R shows that the other Japs have been complacent. WRX of 195 kw from 2.457 lt and even the “more highly” tuned Sti at 221 Kw (that’s only 90 kw/l) is waaay of the pace compared to most euros. Except Honda, teh rest of the Japs / Koreas are inferior to Euro hot hatches.

      • Dave W

        Except for this Civic Type R, the only FWD hot hatch is the Mazda 3 MPS which is already getting a bit long in the tooth. There rest like the Swift Sport and Veloster turbo are just warm hatches at best.

        Even if you count the WRX, which is an AWD car, it’s also getting a bit old.

        The Koreans are focusing on their volume sellers to gain market share and the Japanese are still recovering from the tsunami/earthquake/nuclear and thai flood disaster.

        • Edward

          I remember reading that the disasters in Japan had little bearing on Honda UK. The Civic hatch is developed and built in Swindon after all. Add touring car and Nurburgring testing on top of that, and this car has a distinct European flavour to it.

  • Zaccy16

    Sounds great! i like the current civic and this would really help hondas image!

  • Edward

    I’m sure they can hit their target lap time, but the real question is whether they can sell that as a road car at a competitive price. Let alone whether it will even be a commercial success.

    The most obvious hurdle is the rear torsion beam suspension, which sacrifices handling for boot space. Honda have been adamant in keeping the torsion beam so they can boast class-leading luggage space and their ‘magic seats’. But with such high stakes, they might need to go for the tried and true independent rear suspension.

    Or they can do both, by having a hard version and a base version. The last Civic Type-R came in slightly different specs with a featureless base model, and a pricier GT version. This time round they might do something similar to what Mitsubishi does with its Evo, so it doesn’t just cater to the hardcore market.

    Personally, my biggest concern is whether it can still be a daily driver. The number one complaint about the last CTR was performance, but number two was the crashy ride. Even if the final road car breaks the record, not many could be prepared to live with it.

    Ironically, Honda could be faced with the same problem they had in 2004 where people flocked from the EP3 Civic Type R to the Golf GTI MKV because it was the better daily driver. One thing is for sure though, the Type-R brand is losing its identity in the UK.

    (Meanwhile in Japan, Type-R is still the same as what it was 20 years ago. For now…)