Or, maybe you cant?
Read the last line of the link ...
I'm THIS kind to you:
"The new model could follow the pattern set by previous cars, with a high-revving 2.0-litre petrol engine, but emissions regulations may dictate a shift to a turbocharged, smaller capacity engine."
We had a very competent 2ltr engine in the K20 but quite obviously (or else Honda wouldnt have canned it) the emmissions couldnt be legalised.
Therefore, we are left with what we have or a new engine.
here but i'd say that for one special edition of the Civic, it would be massively, prohibitively expensive to develop a new engine for a few hundred cars, so i'd expect the 1.8 to be dropped in, re-geared and maybe tweaked for more BHP/PS.
With the Type R you have a different story. A halo model that needs something special. Whilst the cost implications of a replacement for the K20 are still very present, it would still be an option, however, Honda have made no secret about their future direction in combining Sports and Green all in one (NSX etc). Add to that the fact that Mugen are working alongside Honda to create a Civic WTCC and CTCC car for later this year based on a 1.6 engine and i'd guess
you'd be nearer to the New Type R.
Or, as the OP suggests, we'll have a 160bhp Type R with the same old 1.8 Vtec in it