Work continues on the Honda Civic Type R as our spies have caught two prototypes undergoing cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle.

Work continues on the Honda Civic Type R as our spies have caught two prototypes undergoing cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle.

Previewed by the Civic Type R Concept II, the production model will has a familiar front fascia but adopts circular fog lights and a more restrained spoiler. The car also has revised side skirts, a four tailpipe exhaust system and a massive rear wing.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will reside under the hood and produce more than 280 PS (206 kW). Honda has previously said this will enable the model to "deliver unmatched performance compared to any previous Type R car" including the "Integra, Accord and even the NSX."

The Honda Civic Type R will also be equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, an Adaptive Damper System and a steering wheel-mounted ‘+R’ button that heightens the engine and steering response.

Honda Civic Type R spied near the Arctic Circle