A hatch for WTCC, a wagon for BTCC.
Honda unveiled this week a pair of European-spec Civic variants built to defend its titles in two different Old World touring car series.
The Honda Civic WTCC will attempt to hold on to the automaker's manufacturer's title in the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championships, an eleven country tour — including a US stop at Sonoma Raceway — that will pit it against the likes of the Citroen C-Elysees, Lada Granta, and Chevrolet Cruze.
Teaser images of the Civic WTCC were released last month, but now Honda has revealed that, thanks to changes in the WTCC rulebook, the 2014 Civic WTCC's 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder produces 380hp. Honda will field two official cars, built by Milan's JAS Motorsport and decked out in the red and green on white livery of title sponsor Castrol. Two privateer Civics also built by JAS to the same spec will round out Honda's WTCC presence. The 2014 season kicks off on April 12 at Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Morocco.
Back in the UK, the British Touring Car Championships will see a Honda race car of a different stripe hit the tarmac. Namely, a race-modified Civic Tourer, or station wagon in normal-speak. Honda circulated an image last December, but now official photos have been issued by the Honda Yuasa Racing during testing at Silverstone.
The BTCC is a different animal than the WTCC, and the Civic Tourer will be powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four from the Civic Type R. The mill is capable of over 300hp, or double that of a road-going Civic Tourer.
Again, Honda will attempt to hold onto its manufacturer's title against cars like the Ford Focus ST, BMW 125i M Sport, Volkswagen CC, Audi A4 and S3, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The 2014 BTCC season kicks off on April 29 at Brands Hatch.