The next generation of hot Honda Civic has been show in prototype form at the 2016 Paris motor show
Honda has unveiled the prototype version of the next-generation Civic Type R at the 2016 Paris motor show. The aggressively-styled concept comes along with official confirmation that a new Type R model is scheduled to go on sale next year, following its unveiling in production form at the Geneva motor show in March.
After the extended development period of the current Civic Type R, introduced by Honda towards the end of the current Civic’s lifecycle, the new Type R has been developed alongside the regular model from the beginning.
Up front is a deep front bumper, complete with a carbon fibre splitter and a rather unsubtle bonnet scoop for extra cooling. Carbon fibre also features along the side of the car for the side skirts, while a huge rear spoiler finishes everything off. 20-inch wheels sit in widened arches, wearing 245-section high-performance tyres.
Although no mechanical details have been officially confirmed, it’s thought that the next generation car will feature a development of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission used in the current Type R – with power expected to rise by around 10 per cent. It’s also highly likely that the new car will stick with the front-wheel drive layout.
With production set to be based in Swindon – just like the current car – the new Type R will also go on sale in the USA, making it the first Type R model to be officially sold there.