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Honda to produce diesel-powered Civic Type-R?

Honda is currently developing a new high-performance diesel engine for its Civic range, a new report finds. Outside of North America, the Civic is currently available with a 2.2L diesel engine with 140 horsepower. However, many of the Civic's rivals -- such as the VW Golf, Renault Megane and Toyota Auris -- offer more powerful diesels with about 170 horsepower. To combat the power discrepancy, Honda engineers are considering using the Accord's more powerful 2.2L CTDi engine in the Civic.

Honda's top powertrain engineer, Kenichi Nagahiro, told AutoCar that a diesel-powered Civic Type-R is a strong possibility. "As long as it is in keeping with the Type-R brand we will do it." Nagahiro said. "High revving has to be part of it and that's what we're working on."

Honda engineers are reportedly tuning the Civic Type-R's diesel to produce 180 horsepower and 315 ft-lb of torque.