Following a leak earlier today, Honda has officially unveiled the Civic Type R concept. It previews the production model that will be launched in 2015.

Following a leak earlier today, Honda has officially unveiled the Civic Type R concept.

Designed to "signal a new era for the marque," the concept previews the production model which will be introduced sometime next year.

Honda didn't have much to say about the concept but it features an aggressive body kit that includes new bumpers, a front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts and a rear diffuser. The concept has also been equipped with LED-infused headlights, a ventilated hood, extended fenders and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. The rear spoiler might look wacky but Honda says its shape and angle has been designed to provide additional downforce as a direct response to information gained through track testing.

Honda was coy on technical specifications but reiterated the model will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces at least 280 HP (206 kW). The company went on to say their successful return to the World Touring Car Championship "has been instrumental in gathering knowledge that has helped shape the new Type R, providing the development team with analysis and feedback on performance and styling collected from the track."

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