Honda Performance Development (HPD) has been selling Type R box engines exclusively to racing teams and members of the Honda Racing Line. But in recent news, it appears that HPD is opening its doors to a limited number of Type R crate engines for anyone with a fat wallet.
“We at HPD are proud to offer Honda power in a versatile and affordable package,” said John Whiteman, manager, HPD Commercial Motorsports. “Our K20C1 engines have won many races in clubs and professional series and are now available for a wide range of applications.”
But hold your horses. HPD is launching only 93 examples of the Civic Type R’s K20C1 engine for public consumption, and it won’t come cheap. Prices start at around $ 6,790 for the long block engine, including the starter, turbocharger and alternator. But for an extra $ 2,210, HPD will launch in an engine change harness, accelerator pedal and a tuned ECU.
Spending $ 10,000 on a crate engine is a lot of money, in fact. But nobody said running is cheap. After emptying your wallet by a Hardcore Type R engine, you’ll need to spend more on other things, like a cold air intake, an intercooler, a cooling system, fuel supply, transmission – the list is endless.
Fortunately, the HPD box engine package also comes with a comprehensive installation manual with a Control Pack, offering more information on how to get the most out of your brand new Type R engine. “The new limited edition crate engine package is part of HPD’s strategy to leverage our maximum experience for the benefit of Honda fans of all ages and motorsport categories,” added Whiteman.
It looks good, right? But there is a problem. As mentioned earlier, this Type R Civic crate engine package is not legal for roads, which means that you cannot crash into a road Civic and end the day.
And that’s sad, considering the Type R’s four-liter turbocharged engine is a powerhouse with 306 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque. It has enough noise to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, along with the unfathomable reliability that Honda engines are known to offer.