Honda has set its sights high with the 2015 Euro-spec Civic Type R. So high, in fact, that the company is very quickly chasing down the 8:07.97 front-wheel drive Nurburgring record set by back in 2011.
"We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record," said Manabu Nishimae, the president of Honda Motor Europe.
A large part of this newfound Civic speed is the 280 hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. This marks the first time in Civic history that the production model won't be naturally aspirated, which is bound to ruffle the feathers of devoted VTEC enthusiasts everywhere. Will replacing the high-end VTEC kick with the low and mid-range torque of a turbo still keep the fans happy?
In the video below, we can see WTCC legend Gabriele Tarquini hurling the new Civic Type R around the 'Ring in a very exuberant fashion. We can also see that the 2015 Civic shares a lot of its looks with the current Euro Type R, with its hatchback-ish style and large wing across the back window. The new engine makes a pretty good noise, as well. Would you like to see this new, turbo Civic brought Stateside? Enjoy the video, and let us know in the comments below.