However, Honda fans need not despair. According to AutoExpress, when the Type R arrives in 2013, it will be the first ever turbocharged Civic, and in a 2.0-litre guise. It will produce approximately 210 horsepower, which is in the region of the current VW Golf GTI. The horsepower figure is not ground breaking but at least it’s a step in the right direction. The new Civic Type R will also be offered as a five-door.
It looks like the Japanese are finally getting it. According to a post by a fellow blogger, Subaru intends to develop a new range of 1.6L and 2.0L direct-injected turbocharged engines. This is in line with the current trend which is kicked start by the VW Group. The advantage of these turbocharged small capacity engines is to offer output comparable to higher capacity engines without having to pay the penalty of high fuel consumption.