Dear hot hatch fans – we have some wonderful news. The production version of the new Honda Civic Type R will make its official public debut in less than three weeks from now. The Japanese manufacturer confirmed the Civic Type R will be the highlight of its show presence at the 87th Geneva Motor Show next month.
The Civic Type R prototype already made several appearances at motor shows around the world and will soon morph into a production model. Honda says it has been developed in parallel with the standard Civic hatchback, with “mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both vehicles.” The automaker also confirmed the Type R will be powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo gasoline engine.
The new hot Civic will be the first Honda-badged Type R vehicle to reach the United States. It will be produced in Honda’s Swidon plant in the United Kingdom with assembling process expected to start this summer. The car will be exported across most of the European markets and to other important markets around the world, including Japan.
The new Type R was previewed by a concept, or a prototype as Honda calls it, at the Paris Motor Show last year. At this point, there’s no official information about the vehicle’s power, but reports suggest the 2.0-liter motor will generate more than 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts). Those ponies will be channeled to the front wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox.
Honda’s Geneva stand will also feature the Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle, marking the market launch of the eco-friendly vehicle on the Old Continent. A European premiere is also planned for the Honda NeuV fully electric concept, which, when ready to hit the roads, will be able to be used as an automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using the car.
Gallery: Honda Civic Type R prototype - Montreal Auto Show live
- All-new Honda Civic Type R makes world debut in production form
- Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle, with class-leading maximum range of 620 km / 385 miles
- European show debut for Honda NeuV concept car
From the next chapter of the Type R legend to a concept car that can read your emotions, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show will see Honda showcase a range of its advanced vehicle and powertrain technologies.
Civic Type R
The highlight of Honda’s show presence will be the unveiling of the all-new Civic Type R, which has been engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment. The Type R was developed in parallel with the new standard Civic hatchback, with mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both vehicles. Type R will feature Honda’s latest 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine.
Production of the new Civic Type R will start in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, and the car will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.
Honda will officially unveil the production version of the all-new Civic Type R at 11:30am (CET) on its Geneva Motor Show stand, located in Hall 4.
Clarity Fuel Cell
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will also be on show, following the arrival of the first cars in Europe at the end of last year. The all-new Clarity is the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle and delivers a class-leading maximum range of 620 km (385 miles).
The arrival of the new Clarity in Europe as part of the Europe-wide HyFIVE (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles) initiative reinforces Honda’s continued efforts to drive increased adoption of fuel cell vehicles and the creation of a viable hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across the region.
Receiving its European show debut in Geneva, the Honda NeuV is a fully electric concept car with a unique ownership proposition and a state-of-the-art ‘emotion engine’ that can learn about its driver.
The pure electric concept car explores a financially-beneficial ownership model for enterprising customers, by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using the car. It would pick up and drop off customers at local destinations, and could also sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it‘s sitting idle, further monetising the vehicle’s down time.
NeuV also functions as a thoughtful and helpful artificial intelligence assistant utilising an ‘emotion engine’, which learns from the driver by detecting the emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver’s past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.