Honda is previewing its next model to wear the hallowed Type R badge at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The Honda Civic Type R Prototype will be making its debut there next to the cooking hatch.
The regular Civic hatch is already a very aggressive-looking car, but the Type R turns it all up to 11. There’s a large front splitter, extra vents on the front and rear bumper corners and behind the front wheels, a bonnet scoop and blown front and rear fenders that house larger alloy wheels hiding Brembo brakes.
Other cues include deeper side sills, aero strakes on the roof and a big rear diffuser with three centrally-mounted exhaust pipes – just like a Ferrari 458 Italia. Oh, and a massive rear wing and a smattering of Type R badges, of course. It’s all bang on what we’ve seen in previous spyshots.
No technical details have been released yet, but the new hot hatch should make use of the 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine used in the still-fresh FK2 Civic Type R. There, the blown mill pushes out 306 hp at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm – all sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Expect increased outputs to compete with newer competition like the Ford Focus RS. - Paultan