There a couple of models that brought Honda into the limelight. One of those cars is the Honda Civic which is quite popular in many of the global markets and still retains its own special place. Last year Honda talked about its ambitions for developing the new Civic Type R in a way to make it the fastest front wheel driven car but had their lips closed when questions were asked about the powertrain.
This left all the Civic Type R fans both in excitement and curiosity as we were unaware of specifications of the upcoming Civic Type R. Giving a little amplification to this hotly anticipated car, Honda has officially revealed some more details on the same including the engine.
The new Civic Type R will be powered by a direct injection turbocharged 2-litre engine that is capable of putting out at least 280 PS. With such a nice output on tap, the Civic Type R aspires to become the fastest front wheel drive car around the popular Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show Manabu Nishimae, President, Honda Motor Europe, said; “We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record.”
As far as the testing is concerned, Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini has already exploited the new Civic Type R at the Nurburgring and all he had to say was that the car offers breathtaking performance and superb handling. There is still 2 years to go before the car reaches dealerships in 2015 and in the meantime Honda focus on progressive improvement of the car.
At the same event, i.e. the Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda also confirmed the new Civic Tourer will achieve reduced CO2 emissions of 74.3mpg from the earlier 99g/km, thanks to the 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Alongside an outstanding CO2 emission figure, the British built Civic Tourer will offer class leading boot space and is expected to reach the dealerships during the first quarter of 2014.
“For me, the strength of the car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and dynamic design. As a European development team, we’re passionate and proud about what we’ve achieved”, said Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader for Civic Tourer.