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European Honda Civic Type-R has American heart

North Americans may not be getting the new Civic Type-R hatchback but we have a say in its build

Published: July 12, 2015, 7:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:26 PM

Honda Civic Type-R engine

The hottest little Civic may be just a dream to most North Americans, but we can take pride in the knowledge it probably wouldn’t happen without North American manufacturing input.

2016 Honda Civic Type R

The new 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine (the most powerful ever built by Honda) that will power the Civic Type R hatchback is being built at Honda’s Anna, Ohio Engine plant and then exported to Europe for installation.

This marks the first time the Type-R gets a turbo engine, and the unit puts 306 horsepower and 295 lb.ft, of torque in the driver’s hands … well, under his/her right foot. And the neat part is that the high-revving engine’s red line has dropped to 7000 rpm – still not low, but probably easier on the ears. The only transmission available is a six-speed manual.

Honda claims the engine can help the car can hit a top speed of 270 km/h and accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in under six seconds.

The Anna Engine Plant is Honda’s largest engine plant in the world, and earlier in the year benefitted from a $340 million U.S. investment to expand its lines in order to build the new engine. It currently builds VTEC engines for just about every model in Honda and Acura lineups, including the soon to arrive Acura NSX.