Honda Civic Type R concept in near-production form will launch globally next year; will be powered by 306 hp 2.0L VTEC turbo petrol
The next iteration of the Honda Civic Type R has been revealed in the form of a concept at the ongoing Paris Motor Show. Like any other Type R, it pledges to delight the performance-loving crowds and will be up for grabs in the international markets in the second half of 2017. Based on the new standard version of the Civic, which is due for the beginning of next year, the Civic Type R will be added to the lineup post its launch.
The enhanced styling bits in the Type R prototype are smoked out LED headlamps, inlet hood scoop, wider air intakes over the standard version, new carbon fibre made side skirts bringing an aggressive and sporty stance, performance tyres wrapped around 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, bloated prominent wheel arches, etc.
With a huge rear spoiler and signature tail lamp cluster of the Type R, the unusual triple exhaust system does induce a stealth character and brash look to the performance-based Civic. The titanium-like paintjob and diffuser further spruce up the overall appearance.
The performance figures have not been listed officially by Honda but the new 2018 Civic Type R is expected to be powered by the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged VTEC tuned petrol engine from the existing car. It is good enough to produce a power output of 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of peak torque.
Power could be transferred to the front wheel through a six-speed manual transmission with changes to gear shifting and suspension settings for quicker response and sporty handling. Tweaks to the current Civic’s global platform including steering inputs, driving aids and brake setups are expected to be made for better track-biased performance on road.
It will be manufactured alongside the regular Civic at Swindon facility in the UK and exported to global markets. It will be the first model to go on sale as 2018MY Type R in North America. It could debut either at SEMA next year or in Los Angeles. The existing Type R rivals the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback.