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.
2017 Honda Civic Type R Paris Motor Show
Radical New Honda Civic Type R Prototype Debuts in Paris;
Making its North American Debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
- New Civic Type R Prototype unveiled at 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris
- First-ever Honda-badged Type R coming to the U.S.
- Features wide, aggressive fascias, extended wheel arches and dramatic rear wing
- Bespoke “brushed aluminium” wrap provides eye-catching finish
TORRANCE, Calif., September 29, 2016 – Fresh on the heels of the sales launch of the 2017 Civic Hatchback, the next-generation Civic Type R had its global debut in prototype form today at the 2016 Paris auto show. The radical new Civic Type R, with its sporty and sleek hatchback design and track-ready performance, will make its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1-4, 2016, marking the arrival of the first-ever Honda-badged Type R in the U.S.
The Civic Type R Prototype offers insight into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will be officially unveiled in 2017, joining the 10th Generation Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe and newly released Civic Hatchback, with the Civic Si variants also launching next year.
“We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we’re delivering on that promise with each new Civic,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “For the first time ever in America, Honda fans and enthusiasts will have access to the ultimate in Civic performance in the form of the new Type R.”
Based on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback, the Civic Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.
Honda’s iconic red “H” badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.
Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires. A beefy carbon fiber diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes. The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.
The next generation Civic Type R was developed by the joint efforts of Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be officially unveiled in production form next year. The 2018 Civic Type R will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon, the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback.