Honda Debuts Civic Type R Crate Engine Purchase Program at SEMA

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The engine swap of our dreams becomes a reality.

Great news Honda fans, you’re in luck! If you’ve been dying to own a Civic Type R, but not quite digging the dealer markups, there’s a way to enjoy a piece of its heart and soul. And by that, we’re talking about the CTR’s engine that makes a wonderful 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a peak 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. For many years, motor racing enthusiasts in Asia and Europe have had access to order Type R crate engines. And for the very first time in the States, a Type R crate engine is coming!

Honda wasted no time ahead of the SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas, NV this year to announce that the K20C1 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected i-VTEC Turbo from the Civic Type R will be available for purchase. However, there’s a catch! Not just anyone from the public will be allowed to order it. The crate engine will only be available for verified amateur and professional sanctioned racers who are part of the HPD (Honda Performance Development) Racing Line Program. You heard it, members only.

However, if you are part of the HPD Racing Line, then for a reasonable $6,519.87 plus shipping costs, you can have a brand-spanking new K20C1 delivered right to your doorstep. We can’t wait to see these lovely power units swapped in all sorts of chassis’s like EF/EG/EK Civics, DC Integras, maybe some modern 8th/9th/10th gen Civics too? With S2000 owners swapping in K24s, that means we might just see some K20C1s going in some AP1/AP2s as well. The sky’s the limit when it comes to Hondas and swap conversions.

So who’s going to place their orders for a K20C1? It’s quite tempting isn’t it? Let us know on the forum!

Longtime auto journalist, editor and photographer Matt Eugenio has contributed news stories, features, reviews, photography and more for over five years to the popular automotive websites Both Hand Drive, Drive Tribe, Motor1, and other popular media.

Matt is currently a featured writer for Internet Brands Auto Group's Corvette Forum, Honda-Tech, 6SpeedOnline, and Rennlist, among other auto sites.

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