Honda’s turbo-four crate engine is finally available with ECU and wiring harness

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When it comes to small-displacement crate engines available for immediate purchase, nothing beats Honda’s K20C1 unit. That’s the mighty 2.0-liter turbo-four from the Civic Type R, which has been available as a crate engine since 2017. Not exactly news, yes, but Honda is now offering an HPD Controls Package with it to make the process of getting it into your car much easier. It is now a complete package so you don’t have to deal with things like ECU and engine wiring harness. It’s a drop-in replacement so you might as well start working on that car project you’ve been dreaming about.

You Can Now Cram The Honda Civic Type R's 306HP Engine In Just About Anything
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The updated crate includes, as before, the 2.0-liter block, starter, alternator, turbocharger, intake, and the direct injection fuel system.

You’ll have to source your own transmission, clutch, flywheel, intercooler, and cooling system. This is actually a good thing, as you have more freedom to configure your car’s drivetrain. If you’re building a race car, you’ll obviously need notably different parts. The same goes for things like the exhaust system. Some of them are available thorugh Honda Performance Development (HPD), but you can also use parts from other vendors.

The HPD Controls Package is the big news here, as it comes with an ECU system. Developed and calibrated by HPD, it’s mostly designed for track use, but it will get the job done in a road-oriented project car too. There’s also an engine harness with flying leads for power, ground, and ignition, as well as a radiator fan and fuel pump.

You Can Now Cram The Honda Civic Type R's 306HP Engine In Just About Anything
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Where can you use it? Well, for starters you can build your own version of Honda’s Civic Type R TC race car. Or you can upgrade a lesser Civic model for a proper sleeper. The engine is small enough to fit into a variety of Honda models, including the old 2000, but it’s not restricted to cars wearing the Japanese badge.

The crate engine with the complete Controls Package will be available starting May 1, 2021. There’s no word on how much will it cost, but the engine itself fetches a little over $6,500.

As a brief reminder, the 2.0-liter engine in the Civic Type R packs 306 horsepower on the American market (vs 316 horses in Europe and Japan). It enables the hatchback to hit a top speed of 169 mph.

You Can Now Cram The Honda Civic Type R's 306HP Engine In Just About Anything
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2020 Honda Civic Type R specifications
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged i-VTEC four-cylinder
Horsepower 306 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 295 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Manual
Weight 3,117 Lbs
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 22 / 28 / 25
0 to 60 mph 5.7 seconds
Top Speed 169 mph
Ciprian Florea
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