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 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.”
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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