The United States is always left out of the fun of having the Civic Type R, which really irks a number of Honda enthusiasts. With news of the next-generation of the Type R, once again people are salivating for a chance to own such a car. According to some sources, the new high-performance Civic will be throwing down somewhere around 320 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-banger that is turbocharged.
Even though the Type R likely will never be sold in the country (thanks to emissions standards) there is a consolation prize this time. According to a report from MotoryRacing the same engine used in the Type R will be made available to U.S. consumers. The unnamed source that has the inside scoop also claims that the engine will not be used in the Civic Si.
What does this mean? The strong possibility is that Honda is creating a new performance version of the Civic that will be just for the North American market. Despite the declarations that the Type R will never, ever come stateside, there is still an outside chance that the Civic Type R could launch in the U.S. Considering that the next generation of the Civic launches in the spring of 2015, a definitive answer and the new turbo model could be coming in the near future.
There is another possibility that sounds borderline crazy, but it just might turn out to be true. The dream scenario is that Honda will make the Type R’s engine available for the CR-Z, a car that promised loads of driving fun and instead delivered mediocrity. Honda Performance Development recently released a supercharger kit for the CR-Z, showing that Honda thinks there is a market for a performance two-seater in its lineup. Of course, the Type R’s engine would take things to a whole new level and pit the car against the likes of the Ford Focus ST, Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Subaru WRX.
If the Type R does land in America, does this mean everyone will remove the fake badges from their fanboy cars?