Honda drew the crowds at Paris last week with its all-new Civic Type R concept, giving a close-to-production preview of the next hot hatch, due at the end of 2017. The car Is based on the new Mk10 Civic that also appeared at the show.
A more subtle, mature design replaces the current extreme look as Honda bids to broaden the Type R’s appeal. The large rear wing remains and there are smoked lenses, but a softer front bumper and back diffuser mean it’s less wild. The trademark red bumper detailing and oversized air intakes remain, but overall it’s more restrained.
“Type R will get tuned version of current turbo with 340bhp”
Principal designer Daisuke Tsutamori told: “You can expect that the car you see on the stand will be close to the car we will see on the road.” We understand the new Type R will be powered by a tuned version of the current 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, delivering around 340bhp and 450Nm of torque – up from 306bhp and 400Nm.
Honda will stick with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual box. moving the Type R clear of VW‘s limited-run, two-seater Golf GTI Clubsport S to become the world’s most powerful front-drive hot hatch. Honda is also looking to reclaim the front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nürburgring.