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Honda is putting the final touches to its new Honda Civic Type R hatchback, ahead of the car’s expected launch in 2015. The new Civic Type R will be the first Type R to feature a turbocharged engine, and it will also be the most powerful Civic Type R yet, with an expected output of over 280 hp.

The new Type R will be powered by a new VTEC TURBO 2.0 litre turbocharged direct-injection engine. From Honda’s previous set of teaser images of the new Type R, we’ve observed that the car has a 7,000 rpm redline, which is still on the high side but nothing near to the stratospheric redlines that we’ve been accustomed to with Type R cars.

This engine will be joined by two other smaller engines – a 1.0 litre three-cylinder and a 1.5 litre four-cylinder. We wonder if a tuned up version of the 1.5 litre four-cylinder could make its way into a Honda Jazz Type R. That would certainly be interesting! Many other car makers dabble in B-segment hot-hatches (Renault Clio RS, Peugeot 208 GTi, VW Polo GTI, Ford Fiesta ST), why not Honda?

No news on a new Honda Civic Type R sedan though, it looks like that body has been discontinued.