It’s official! The new Honda Civic Type R will be powered by a brand new direct-injection 2.0 litre turbocharged engine with at least 280 PS, as revealed by Manabu Nishimae, President of Honda Motor Europe, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’ll right in the thick of the hot-hatch battle when it arrives in 2015.

If everything goes to Honda’s plans, it will sit right at the top of the class, boasting the fastest time around the Nurburgring circuit for a front-wheel drive car. An early CTR prototype has already been evaluated on the famed track, where it set a time “approaching the lap record,” currently held by the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy.

There’s still some work to be done, then, but Honda has time on its hands. Also shown at Frankfurt is a video of Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini putting the 2015 Honda Civic Type R through its paces around the Nurburgring. Have a look below, and enjoy the sound of the new 280 PS engine going through its manual gearbox.

Honda isn’t quite ready to show us the car in full yet though – not even in concept form – as it’s still a good two years away from being production-ready. So, these officially sanctioned photos of the car testing at the ‘Ring are all we have for now.

The new shots don’t show us anything we haven’t seen before, as our European spies have caught the exact same prototype out testing on the road and track a whole month ago. That time, it was seen benchmarked against the 280 PS Vauxhall Astra VXR and 350 PS Ford Focus RS500, and we now know it will at least match the VXR’s power output.

Enough with the teasing, Honda, you’ve made the deal; we’re all ready to go. Just give us the car, already.