The hot hatch wars are heating up, and Honda is bringing the fight to American shores with the Civic Type R.
Well, if you didn’t hope to believe that Honda would actually bring a Type R to the U.S., fear no longer. Honda may have chosen Paris as the venue for its new, Civc Type R Prototype debut, but the news for enthusiasts drivers in the states extends further.
Not only has the U.S. been confirmed as a market, Honda’s also bringing the thing to Nevada later in the year, at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, in early November.
If the prototype is any indicator – and historically Honda and Acura concept cars have been all but thinly veiled clones of their production counterparts – the Type R based on the 10th generation Civic should be quite the badass. Forget for a moment about the splashy red accents and huge hatchback wing you see on the pictures here, and look at the purposeful 20-inch wheels wearing 245-section “high-performance” tires. This is not your average Civic Si, but likely a performance machine closer to the likes of Ford’s Focus RS, the Subaru WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R.
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The brief press release and few photos don’t tell us much about what’s under the hood, of course. But Honda has been pushing turbocharging in its newest products, and that unmissable hood scoop hammers home the forced-induction nature of the powerplant within. Expect a very potent version (or variant) of the 2.0T that powers Europe’s current Type R, with something like 300 horsepower as the very floor of possible output. Oh, and it’s going to get the red “H” badge, too…. we’re drooling.
The new Type R will still be build at Honda’s Swindon plant in the U.K., where the current version is screwed together.
Find a few more details in the Honda press release, below, and check back later in the day for live images of the radical Type R Prototype from the Paris show floor.