Next Honda Civic Type R to get 340 horsepower?

Next Honda Civic Type R to get 340 horsepower?

The next Honda Civic Type R will turn the performance dial up to 11, if a recent report is to be believed.

The next R will be based on the hatchback version of the tenth-generation Civic that’s set to debut shortly. It will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine tweaked to pump out 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, a generous increase over the current model’s 306-horsepower, 295-pound-feet rating. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard, and the R will surprisingly remain front-wheel drive.

Visually, the Type R’s design will be toned down in order to reach out to a more mainstream audience. It will retain an aggressive-looking body kit, red accents, and large alloy wheels, but it will lose the current car’s massive roof-mounted wing. The grown-up treatment will continue in the cabin, which will be nicer and more high tech.

British magazine Auto Express believes Honda will preview the next Civic Type R with a thinly-veiled concept during next month’s Paris Auto Show. If that’s the case, the production model will likely debut at next year’s Geneva Auto Show and go on sale shortly after. The good news for enthusiasts is that we hear the R will finally make the trip across the Atlantic.

Photos by Ronan Glon.

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