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The North American Honda Civic is tad lackluster but a new report is indicating it could eventually be offered with the Civic Type R's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops at least 280 PS (206 kW).

Citing "sources close to Honda," MotoryRacing is claiming the company is working on an updated US-spec Civic and part of the plan calls for bringing the aforementioned engine to the United States. Despite sounding like a bad April Fools' Day joke, the website says the high-performance variant could arrive as early as 2016.

In the meantime, the Civic Si will remain America's high-performance model. It features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 205 bhp (152 kW) and 174 lb-ft (235 Nm) of torque.

Gallery: US-spec Honda Civic to get the Civic Type R's engine?

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