Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has told Auto Express the Civic Type-R is still on track to go on sale sometime in 2015.

We already know from Honda UK Managing Director Dave Hodgetts the car will offer at least 265 bhp (198 kW) but they are trying to squeeze around 300 bhp (224 kW). Power will come from a turbocharged 1.6- or 2.0-liter engine, with higher chances of seeing the larger displacement under the hood. Development of the model is conducted specifically for Europe and will include several findings obtained from the firm's experience in the World Touring Car Championship.

Testing will begin this fall at the Nürburgring where Honda wants to take down Renault Megane RS Trophy's record for a front-wheel drive car which was established two years ago with a time of 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds.

Source: WTCC-spec Honda Civic pictured

Gallery: Honda Civic Type-R reconfirmed for 2015 launch

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