Honda to produce a ‘crate’ engine version of K20C1

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Japanese OEM Honda has announced that it will produce the 2.0 liter VTEC Turbo power unit, from the Civic Type R, as a crate engine. The motor that makes the Type R the fastest front-wheel-drive production car will be made available through Honda Performance Development’s Racing Line program.

Now available to grass roots and professional racers in verified, closed-course racing applications, the hot hatch’s K20C1 engine generates 310ps at 6,500rpm and a peak 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm.

As the most powerful Honda automobile production engine made in America, the 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected i-VTEC Turbo powerplant will sell in the USA for US$6,519.87. The crate power unit made its debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada this week (Oct 31-Nov 3).

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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