Published on October 9th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Honda To Turbocharge The Next Civic Type R
Honda’s tuning division, Mugen has started a tuning development for the next Honda Civic Type R. It is believed to be its fastest version ever and is expected to be Honda’s first-ever turbocharged road car. Once a true believer of ‘only’ normal aspiration for power, just like BMW, Honda now leans towards turbocharging for obvious reasons. More power, less fuel consumption and meeting global emission standards. The Type R is famous for its high-revving naturally aspirated engine and aggressive styling.
To be able to comply with strict emissions standards, there will be some modifications. A 2.0-litre turbo meant to comply with Euro V emissions regulations will be used instead of the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine. Honda’s 2012 British Touring Car Championship challenger will also be tweaked and will use a similar engine. Because of the turbo, there will be more torque lower in the rev range. This means that a higher gear can be used more frequently to improve efficiency. It’s also expected to have stop-start ignition.
The Type R’s output will increase slightly to 210bhp, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 62mph in less than 6.5 seconds and to reach a top speed nearing 150mph. The Type R will feature the standard car’s front grille, slim headlights and LED daytime running lights. However, most of the bodywork will be uprated. It will appear more stunning with a front end with large mesh air intakes, a lower chin spoiler and chunky side skirts. It will be more stable at high speeds due to its rear diffuser and extended spoiler. To improve the balance in corners, it will have the standard Civic’s longer, wider chassis. As a result, ride comfort and grip are improved as well.