Honda’s Type-R is making a return, and it aims to be ‘the fastest front-wheel-drive car to lap the Nurburgring’. You’ll have to wait until 2015 before it goes on sale though.
The new high-performance model was confirmed during the yearly update from the company president Takanobu Ito, and it's being produced exclusively for the European market to begin with, ‘to fulfil customer expectations’.
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Ito said that the Type-R model will be ‘cultivated through participation in WTCC (FIA World Touring Car Championship) starting this year’, which means the next generation of Type-R models will most likely use smaller capacity turbocharged engines, spelling an end to the high-revving normally-aspirated V-TEC engines of old.
Honda phased out the last-generation Civic Type-R in 2010 due to the increasing demand for lower CO2 figures and tighter emissions standards in Europe.