- Published: Thursday, 29 September 2016 21:59
The new Civic Type R will go on sale in 2017, with a 2.0-litre turbo and possibly as much as 340 horsepower.
PARIS — You're looking at the new Honda Civic Type R, albeit it concept form. The Civic Type R Prototype has just been revealed at the 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile (that's the Paris motor show to you and me), and it basically provides a thin disguise for the 2017 Civic Type R.
The basic Type R recipe calls for a sharpened engine, stiffer suspension springs, dampers and bushes, and a crash diet, but the Paris Prototype looks like the emphasis is more on visual aggression and aero performance.
Instead of a solid colour the body panels have a brushed aluminium-effect finish, but we hear it's a Paris-only special, and is only a vinyl wrap anyway.
But the rest of the car oozes Type R appeal. Honda’s famous red ‘H’ badge – which adorns all Type R models – sits above a new air vent at the nose of the car. There is also a new intake on the bonnet, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess.
Wondering what the air scoop is for? So are we. Honda hasn't released any details of the car, but it's probably going to have 2.0-litre turbo power. Some estimates put the engine's probably output at 340hp. Yes, please.
Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters are other standard signs of the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.
At the front, the bumper is accentuated with a winged carbon fibre splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the bumper, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.
Carbon fibre side skirts run the length of the wheelbase, between 20-inch (yes, 20-inch) piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section tyres. Widened arches accommodate the new wheels.
A carbonfibre diffuser runs below the wider rear bumper, and it a frames three, count'em, three fully-functional tailpipes. The central tailpipe is of a smaller diameter and is highlighted in bright metallic red. Unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards towards a dramatic, visually striking rear wing.
Honda says the next Civic Type R will enter production in the second half 2017, and like all the five-door hatchback Civics, it'll be built in the UK. Hopefully the currency wobble that started with Brexit will keep the Pound low and make the Type R cheap.