New Honda Civic Type R Breaks Cover
Honda has today unveiled a prototype version of the new Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show. Painted in a show special highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminium-effect finish unique to the show car, the new model boasts more muscular styling which Honda reckons makes the Type R more aerodynamically efficient.
It’s certainly an eye catching car with an aggressive front bumper 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. Large 20 inch wheels shod in 245 section rubber fill enlarged arches and will no doubt provide a huge amount of grip.
No details about the powertrain have been released yet, but the three exhausts hint at yet more poke over the current – already potent – model. We’re especially intrigued by significance of the middle pipe with the red accent. It’s a probably fair to say that Honda will have at least half an eye on the FWD record at the ‘ring so expect big power and an LSD alongside the aero.
Whilst Honda says this is a prototype it’s pretty clear that the car, which will be built in Swindon, is near on production ready and will hit the showrooms in the latter half of 2017. We’re big fans of the current Type R so we’re expecting big things from the new one, even if it does look a bit like the designer got over-excited when penning it and simply didn’t stop designing!
As for the regular Civic, the big news is the new range of VTEC turbo petrol engines. A1-litre unit is set to produce 127hp and 200Nm of torque through most of the rev range. More significant is the 1.5-litre unit – likely to be the big seller. Producing 180hp it will deliver far better performance than the current naturally aspirated 1.8-litre VTEC, and will no doubt offer serious tuning potential. As with most new cars nowadays connectivity is central to the experience with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrated.
We’ll add more details as we get them during the Paris Motor Show