No need to wait for someone to wreck their Type R to nab one of these power plants for cheap.
From the outside looking in, it sure seemed like Honda fans in Europe and Asia had it much better than we did. Not only was the Type R sold outside of the USA but the engine that powered it was made available as a standalone crate motor that could be purchased by drivers wanting Type R power without having to plunk down cash for the car itself. Of course, that was off limits to US buyers too. Thankfully Honda has been cured of its prejudice and decided to sell the Type R in America.
It’s crate engine? Well now that’s coming too. Whether or not it’s coincidence that Honda announced the news on the same day that FCA put the Hellcat’s supercharged 707 horsepower V8 up for sale is unknown, but that’s exactly what’s happened. The Hellcat’s crate engine will appeal to drag racers and muscle car fanatics that want power and are willing to pay for it with added weight and an inflated price tag. The Type R’s crate motor, however, offers a completely different way to attain performance. A turbocharger helps this 2.0-liter four-cylinder kick 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque out the flywheel. That might not sound like it’ll scare any Hellcats, but it’s a big deal.
With less weight and compact dimensions, this is the perfect motor for any tuners working with small engine bays or that have skeleton-skinny curb weights in mind. Unfortunately, there’s a catch. That’s the fact that Honda is only selling these to racing teams, not custom street rod tuners that’ll use them as daily drivers. That means Honda will only sell you one of its Type R crate engines if you can prove it’ll be used exclusively on the track. It’s borderline criminal, then, that Honda debuted the power plant at the 2017 SEMA Show where it’ll taunt tuning shops and industry professionals who use the show to unleash their creativity on the most wicked custom cars most people will lay eyes on.
Instead of giving the engine to these guys, who could directly challenge the Type R using their experience, Honda’s target audience is “U.S. grassroots and professional racers” who will use the engine “for verified, closed-course racing applications.” At the very least, Honda has gone ahead and made the motor cheap, charging only $6,519.87 for each K20C1 unit not including the cost of shipping. Even with the Type R being available in America, bliss remains close enough to taste but cannot yet be swallowed.