Civic Type R Crate Engine Debuts at SEMA

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K20C1 Crate Engine


The turbocharged engine from the new Honda Civic Type R debuts as a crate engine at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The Honda Civic Type R is arguably the greatest performance car that the Japanese automaker has sold in the United States, shy of the NSX. The heart of that high-performance Honda is the turbocharged K20C1, packing 306 horsepower and 295lb-ft of torque. That output makes this Civic the most powerful mainline vehicle that Americans have ever been able to buy at their local dealerships.

Much like the K20A before it, the K20C is surrounded by a great deal of interest in swapping this new engine into older project cars. To answer that new demand for the Civic’s most powerful production road-going engine in the USA, Honda has introduced the Type R crate engine at the 2017 SEMA Show. This new Type R crate engine will be sold through their HPD Honda Racing Line program as part of the company’s continuing effort to support grassroots racing.

The K20C1 Reserved for Select Buyers

While the HPD Honda Racing Line program will begin selling the 2017 Civic Type R engines to interested buyers, the company will not be shipping these engines out to just anyone. The Type R engine from Honda Racing is intended to support “U.S. grassroots and professional racers for verified, closed-course racing applications”. Acquiring one includes an application process and based on the initial details, the company is only going to sell these engines to road racers and rallycross racers.

Honda Rallycross Civics

This means that those Honda fans who want to convert their CRX into a Type R-powered street racing machine will likely be turned down. Applicants will have to provide information on the racing league in which they participate, seemingly making it difficult for non-road racers to get this new engine for their own project.

Civic Si Road Racer

Those Honda racers who are approved to buy the 2017 Civic Type R engine will pay $6,519.87 (plus shipping costs) for the turbocharged 2.0L K20C1. This engine delivers the factory power ratings of 306hp at 6,500rpm and 295lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,500rpm. These figures make the new Civic Type R an incredible performance machine, so in a lightweight, production-based race car, the K20C1 should make for some great road-racing Honda vehicles.

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