We first caught the 2014 Honda Civic Type R around the middle of last year and it was still in mule-like clothing. This time around, our spy photographers managed to catch real deal — albeit in heavy camo — Civic Type R prototypes testing on public roads and around the Nurburgring.
On the public roads, our spy photographers caught Honda benchmarking the Type R against the likes of the Ford Focus RS and the Opel Astra OPC . The competition alone is a clear indication that Honda is preparing an important engine update when the Type R hits the market in 2014.
Rumors suggest and the competition points toward the Type R making use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivering somewhere in the 300-horsepower range — an increase of about 100 horsepower over the current generation.
Honda also announced it has big plans for the upcoming Type R, as it is shooting to break the record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring. The current record of 8:7.97 is held by the Megane 265 Trophy.
Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Type R.