Next Honda Civic Type R may be turbocharged

October 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Civic Type-R has a loyal fan following. mostly by admirers of it’s naturally aspirated VTEC engine. So it will be with mixed feelings that fans receive reports that the next-generation of the hottest Civic will use a turbocharged engine for the first time ever.

While only a rumour at this stage, the unconfirmed reports claim that the 2013 Civic Type-R currently in development will use a Mugen-produced, 156kW 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine. That’s only a small increase over the 148kW of power in the current model Type-R (pictured). The Honda fan boys who are left wondering why, can thank the strict European emissions regulations for the shift to forced induction. To salt the wounds the next Type-R will likely receive a stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption even further.

The good news is that the next-gen Type-R will come packing some neat tricks like a six-speed manual box with short-throw shifter, track-ready suspension set-up and all manner of aerodynamic aids. Expect 0-100 km/h times in the low six second bracket and a top speed of around 240 km/h. Continue reading “Next Honda Civic Type R may be turbocharged” »

Euro-market Honda Civic Type R Mugen gets 2.2-litre motor

September 12th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It was just last year that Honda tuner Mugen gave U.K hot hatch fans a limited run of the Honda Civic Type R. It was an exclusive machine with only 20 units produced and just 16 were sold to customers. Sales were low due to its hefty price tag of around NZ$77,000. Only hardcore fans could pay this much for a Civic.

For 2012, Mugen is back with a whole new engine for the Type R Civic and with the new model not due till next year, the tuner is going big on this final edition. The new motor is bored from 2.0 litres to 2.2 litres, with horsepower boosted 30% to 195kW and torque raised to 240Nm. Mugen views this special Civic as a tribute to Honda’s naturally-aspirated K20 engine, which has been at the heart of the company’s tuning efforts for years.

“Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies,” Mugen Euro president Hiro Toyota said. “We may never see the like of the K20 in a mainstream production car again, so felt it only fitting we mark the occasion with this special 2.2 version of the Honda Civic Type R.” Continue reading “Euro-market Honda Civic Type R Mugen gets 2.2-litre motor” »

Mugen working on hot hatch Honda Jazz

May 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mugen and Honda are a tight unit, they go together like fish and chips or like rugby league players and off-field incidents. The latest project for this dynamic duo is to inject some performance pedigree into Honda’s new model Jazz which until now was only favoured by little old ladies.

The previous generation Honda Jazz had a Mugen version called the F154 SC. But this new model, to be built by Mugen Euro will use the same naturally aspirated 2.0-litre V-TEC engine that powers the Civic Type R. There is also talk of using the same supercharged hybrid 1.5 developed for the Mugen CR-Z.

With either powertrain the Mugen Jazz will produce around 150kW and in a car of this small size that could be a recipe for serious fun. Mugen will most likely upgrade other areas of the car with stiffer suspension, larger brakes and improved aerodynamics expected. Continue reading “Mugen working on hot hatch Honda Jazz” »

Honda drops images and details on its CR-Z Mugen

May 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Honda’s promising CR-X successor, the hybrid CR-Z could still be the excitement machine badge fans have been hoping for. Honda’s tuning arm Mugen is preparing to come to the rescue with a high performance version named the CR-Z Mugen and the first official photos of this hot hybrid hatch have been dropped.

Being prepared for a official debutl at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed this July the hotter CR-Z looks suitably staunch but it’s the performance ability that Honda fans want to know about. While exact details haven’t been released, Honda has revealed that early tests with a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and a mid-tuned engine has given a 0-100km/h sprint time matching that of the  European market Civic Type R at 6.6 seconds. But that wasn’t enough, and Mugen has pushed on by increasing output a further 15 percent and reducing the chassis’ weight by 50 kilograms, overall performance is now expected to be more rapid than the Type R’s.

That seems a fair result form the CR-Z’s supercharged 1.5-litre i-VTEC four and electric assist motor. The CR-Z Mugen will also get tweaks like upgraded brakes and suspension, a carbon fibre bonnet and forged alloy wheels. For styling, there is a new body kit with a high rear wing and diffuser to improve dynamics. Continue reading “Honda drops images and details on its CR-Z Mugen” »

Honda to build petrol-only turbo CR-Z Type-R

December 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

As the spiritual successor to the old-favourite CR-X, Honda’s new CR-Z promised so much. Unfortunately, what was delivered failed to impress and while the hybrid CR-Z hasn’t made it down to NZ just yet, few are waiting with anticipation. But this could all change as Honda is reportedly developing a gasoline-powered, hot-coupe version of the CR-Z model.

Currently, the CR-Z currently comes solely as a hybrid with a 84 kW 1.5 litre engine mated to an electric motor. But the reports suggest that Honda will now expand the CR-Z’s appeal by using a newly developed 1.6 litre turbocharged engine for more powerful CR-Z variants, including a CR-Z Type R. The production model will be most likely styled on the CR-Z Hybrid R concept (pictured) taken to the SEMA show in Las Vegas last month.

This new force-fed engine will be offered in two power outputs, a 119 kW version and a 149 kW model, the engine could also see service in the Jazz, Civic and possibly Accord models. The stronger 149kW variant will also replace Honda’s outgoing 2.0 liter TEC engine in the next Civic Type R.

The CR-Z Type R is scheduled for production next year, if it all goes ahead. Good news for Honda fans everywhere.

2011 Honda Civic Type R Euro heads to Japan

November 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

In an interesting twist of fate Honda has introduced a new model year version of its hard-revving British-built Civic Type R Euro in Japan. The 2011MY vehicles will be the last of this model series to be exported to Japan as production of the current generation three-door Civic Type R was recently terminated in Europe because its 2.0-litre VTEC engine can’t meet the Euro V emissions regulations. So while European Honda fans now miss out, Japanese Honda enthusiasts benefit.

This isn’t the first time Honda has imported the Civic Type R Euro from Britain with over 1,850 examples coming across in late 2009. This time round, Honda will bring only 1,500 units of the 2011 Type R hot hatch to Japan. There are few changes over the previous model year but there is the addition of a new Crystal Black Pearl color, some trim updates such as the different finish of the fuel cap and some very minor cosmetic changes.

Technical specifications remain unchanged with the Type R keeps it’s high-revving, naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder 2.0 litre engine that pumps out 150kW at 7800 rpm and 193 Nm of torque available from 5600 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels through the same 6-speed manual gearbox. Acceleration to 100 kph is done in 6.6 s and top speed is 235 km/h. The vehicles will be priced at 3,000,000 Yen or around $48k in NZ money.

Hopefully in the future some of these 2011 Type R Euro models will come to NZ in the form of used imports, allowing us the chance to gobble them up at bargain prices.

Honda Civic Type-R kicked out of Europe

August 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s the end of the road for the current generation Civic Type R in Europe as Honda recently announced its hot hatch will no longer be sold in most parts of the continent from the end of 2010. The 2.0-litre, 198-horsepower hatch debuted as a production model in late 2006, and in its current form the engine doesn’t meet the new Euro-V emissions standards which now apply throughout the European Union.

“The introduction of Euro 5 means the Type R can only be sold up until the end of 2010 in markets where those rules apply,” the Japanese maker said in an official statement.

Production of the exclusively UK-manufactured 3-door Civic Type R is set to continue to supply market where regulations allow it, including Australia and South Africa.

Since its market debut back in January 2007, Honda has sold over 12,000 examples of this generation model in the UK alone. The next generation of the Civic is due to make its debut in 2011, with a Type R model expected (but not confirmed) to be in development. Continue reading “Honda Civic Type-R kicked out of Europe” »

Production of Honda’s four-door Civic Type-R to cease

April 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

First there was no replacement NSX Supercar, then the S2000 become an extinct beast and now Honda is ceasing production of its Civic Type R four-door model. While we didn’t see this go-hard Civic here in NZ by the end of August 2010, no one in Japan or Europe will either. The car was being manufactured at the company’s Suzuka factory in Japan, while the previous model had come off Honda’s Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, production line.

The four-door Type R had some go too and unlike its three-door hatchback sibling with 150 kW, the four-door Type R’s 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine was gifted more power for a rating of 168 kW. Drive was of course at the front wheels and arrived through a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Type R badge is still worn by what’s left of Honda’s performance models, it was first offered with the iconic NSX back in 1992. The first Civic Type R appeared in 1997 and proved instantly popular.

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