Honda is aiming for the Nurburgring FWD lap record with the next Civic Type R (2009 FN2 Euro pictured), which the company has confirmed will produce between 265 and 300 hp, reports Auto Express. Testing should begin at the ‘Ring later this year before the car goes on sale in 2015.
The company will apply the experience and tech gained from the World Touring Car Championship to the development of the hot hatch. Anything from a 1.6 litre turbo to a 2.0 litre turbo is possible.
To be based on the Euro-market hatchback, the Civic Type R will first be sold in Europe only, with the gates opening to other markets later if public reception is favourable.
The Nurburgring FWD lap record is currently held by the Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy at 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds.