Honda's next-generation Civic Type-R hot hatch could have up to 300 horsepower when it bows sometime before 2016.
According to recent reports, the next-gen Honda Civic Type-R will debut for the 2016 model year in Europe and Japan only. Like past iterations, it won't be sold in the US so buyers there will have to make do with the Si coupe and sedan. However, they will once again find themselves wishing Honda would ship it stateside. In a new report coming from Auto Express, the latest iteration of the hot hatch will come packed with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine packed with 300 horsepower.
The rumor comes from a source at Honda's R&D center who said that "our car will be the fastest front-wheel-drive model around the Nurburgring when it goes on sale. And we will do whatever we need to in order to make that happen." That will include incorporating a new suspension set-up that will help minimize torque steer and other performance enhancements such as a mechanical limited-slip differential and possibly even rear-wheel seating. These improvements, however, aren't cheap and Honda wants to make sure the car will cost no more than £25,000 in order for it to remain competitive against the likes of the Renaultsport Megane 265 RS Trophy.