Honda has big plans for the Civic. They recently announced a fabulous new sedan version in America, and revealed new details on the next Type-R version. Honda’s hot hatchback has never been a fan of big power, until now. It is joining the hot hatch horsepower war, bringing 300bhp.
According to Yasuhisa Arai, Honda’s R&D team member, the new Type-R will be powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and not a 1.6 as earlier reports suggested. The 2.0 liter capacity was kind of necessary to make the car powerful enough, so it can compete with the likes of Renault Megane RS, and the upcoming Ford Focus RS. Honda wants the new Type-R to be the fastest FWD car around the Nurburgring.
Big power in a front-wheel-drive car usually results in a range of problems such as understeer and torque steer. To prevent them from happening, Honda is working on a new type of trick suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential and maybe even rear-wheel steering. This clever all-wheel-steer system will turn the rear wheels inwards slightly to correct the car’s behavior under braking and cornering.
All these fancy stuff means the Type-R will no longer be an affordable fun car. The car will cost around £25,000, which is sports coupe money.