A leaked brochure reveals output figures for the new Type R.
The hot hatchback fraternity can now breathe a communal sign of relief, as Honda has finally revealed the highly anticipated Civic Type R. The king of hot hatches arrives with it a slew of improvements, styling changes, and more power. However, we've been in the dark about just how much power the FL5-generation Type R would make. Thanks to a leaked brochure photo, we now know that the K20 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will produce 326 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
That is a jump of 10 horses and about 15 lb-ft of torque on the JDM engine. The image was shared with Tire Meets Road by an anonymous source, so we can't be sure of its legitimacy, but the figures sound about right. The brochure also tells us that peak power is reached at 6,500 rpm, with the majority of torque arriving between 2,600 and 4,000 rpm.
We're still waiting to hear if Japan will pull power on USDM models (the USDM FK8 produced ten fewer horses than JDM cars) but either way, the next generation Civic Type R will come with more power than before.
To put the FL5's power into context, we should take a trip down memory lane, and see what kind of power each of the generations made, starting with the EK9 Type R. This Civic was powered by a 1.6-liter B16B four-cylinder that produced 182 horsepower at 8,200 rpm, and 118 lb-ft of torque at 7,500 rpm. This is where all the jokes about Honda's not having any torque stem from.
The EP3, based on the seventh generation Civic, was powered by a larger 2.0-liter K20A2 four-cylinder that made 197 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.
The FN2 saw those numbers stay more or less the same. The FK2, launched in 2015, saw a leap in power to 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque thanks to a turbocharged K20C1 engine, and the FK8 took that number to 316 hp.
Before the arrival of the FK8, the most powerful Honda sports cars the US got to experience up until that point was the 237-hp Honda S2000, and the 290-hp Acura NSX.
Honda has been very tight-lipped about the new Type R, and we're dying to hear about its chassis setup and suspension and braking system. We expect to get more details closer to the car's on-sale date in the fall of 2022.