2017 Honda Civic Type R Prototype unveiled, launching as soon as mid-2017


With the launch of the 10th-generation Honda Civic out of the way, what’s left is of course the most brutal variant – the Type R. It didn’t take long for Honda to fire some early shots with the unveiling of the Honda Civic Type R Prototype at the Paris Motor Show.

Based on the newly launched Civic hatchback, this Type R will become Honda’s global model. This means this hot hatch with the iconic red Honda badge will be sold in the many countries, including North America for the first time. The car is a joint effort between Honda  R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be built in Swindon, UK.Honda Civic Type R Prototype

The Civic Type R prototype sports Herculean muscle styling, with sharp body lines to aid aerodynamic performance. Apart from the unique aluminium-effect finishing, the exterior receives an aggressive bodykit, smoked LED front headlights, winged carbon fibre splitter, oversized wheel arches with 20-inch wheels underneath and an oversized fixed rear wing.

There’s no mention of its powertrain as yet, but it could be slapped with a revised version of the 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged unit that currently powers the Type R. It’ll also retain its front-wheel drive configuration and will likely be equipped with the good’ old six-speed manual gearbox.Honda Civic Type R Prototype

The new Honda hot hatch will be launched by mid-2017, and a visit to Nürburgring is certainly one of its top priorities, we reckon. At launch, this hot Japanese hatch will go directly against the next Renault Mégane RS and the current “creme de la creme” of hot hatches, the Ford Focus RS.


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Travis Chang

Travis Chang

While his day job is as exciting as a certain beige saloon, he knows a thing or two about cars and motorsports. The true definition of motoring nirvana according to him is a clear and twisty tarmac surrounded with mesmerizing vistas, followed with a track list of indie tunes on the stereo. Any cars will do fine, not so for big MPVs which he loathes...
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