Honda Benchmarking Civic Type R Agains Ford Focus RS, Opel Astra OPC [Photo Gallery]
Thankfully, that plan has gone out the window. The Civic Type R will be a monster that spits fire through four exhaust pipes and eats other hot hatches for breakfast. As you can see for yourselves from these spy photos taken on Germany's roads, the benchmark for this speed machine is being set very high.
These two cars accompanying it on its test ride are among the most powerful models to ever send their power to the front wheels. The Focus RS500 is the royalty of the hot hatch world, producing a muscular 350 HP thanks to a 2.5-liter engine. To keep all those horses in check, it has Revo Knuckle suspension. It's gone out of production, but Ford still hasn't found another way to hold this much power in.
The other benchmark is the Opel Astra OPC. It uses a 2.0-liter turbo to deliver 280 HP, which it holds in using GM's HiPer Strut suspension and a diff.
Honda has reportedly decided its Type R engineers free rein to take to 300 horsepower. Rumor has it they might go as far as using rear wheel steering to produce a track monster.
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