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Is a CTR turbo an oxymoron?
With all the talk of the upcoming 9th generation CTR being a turbo, it's got me thinking about Honda's Type-R philosophy.
In the past and as we all know, Honda have gone the route of precision engineering and very high revs to achieve the amazing BHP/litre figures we're all used to. While all other marques went the turbo route, Honda have stuck to their guns as long as they can. This has made them unique and attracted people like myself who are happy to sacrifice some mid-range power and some MPG's for the unique characteristics and glorious sound of a NA engine. Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny the 'R' motors have their own enthusiastic following.
With the ever-tightening EU emission limits, it seems the K20 is coming to the end of it's days. The new turbo unit, however you look at it, will be a step away from what has made the Type-R what it is. Honda have a challenge on their hands now. They have to try and keep the character people expect from a Type-R despite a fundamental change in design.
My questions are; can a factory turbocharged Type-R be a true Type-R? Is it in-keeping with the philosophy? What must be kept and what can be changed without straying too far?