Honda Civic Type R to Boast 340 Horsepower: Report

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Honda’s America-bound Civic Type R promises to be a scorching front-wheel-drive hatch with a 340-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter, according to an overseas report. Run and hide, Volkswagen Golf R.

The British publication Auto Express released exclusive information on the next-generation Type R, which is expected to bow as a 2017 model and (finally) make its way to North American shores.

The European market Type R is already on its 10th generation, but compared to the Euro-spec model, the U.S.-bound model will boast refinements, more power, and a more mature look. That means no cheesy rear wing, just aggressive styling, like flared wheel arches and air intakes that could swallow a bear cub. Auto Express didn’t say where it got the information, but if it is true, the coming hatch should be a beast — a front-wheel-drive-only beast.

Yes, it looks like the Ford Focus RS won’t have any all-wheel-drive hot hatch competition from the likes of Honda. Besides the FWD configuration, the report says the U.S. model should keep the Euro model’s six-speed manual transmission.

The current generation Type R makes do with a 306-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which will be massaged for use in the version we’ll see. That means about 340 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque, according to the report. 0–60 mile per hour times could drop to five seconds.

When will the British-built Type R reveal itself? Expect an unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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