Along with the new generation of the regular Civic Hatchback, Honda has brought with them a Civic Type R Prototype to the Paris Motor Show as well. This is definitely going to steal the thunder of the regular version, but you probably won’t see it as a production model until 2018.
As you would expect, the new Honda Civic Type R is a more aggressive, sportier version of the family hatchback upon which it is based. You get new bumpers with large aero parts and air intakes and tailpipes, you get skirts and spoilers, you get large wheels and, in the case of this prototype, a cool finely-grained brushed aluminium-effect paint work.
Other exclusive highlights of the prototype which we hope to see on the production model include the winged carbon fibre splitter, sporty red accent line, diamond-mesh inserts that fill the sculpted air intakes, smoked lights and 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires.
Honda remain tight-lipped about what sort of power they are giving the new Civic Type R, but giving what we have right now we reckon a figure in the neighborhood of 400 PS isn’t that outlandish. Needless to say, the car will also get an even trickier diff, cleverer electronically controlled suspension, and up to the minute connectivity features when it’s officially unveiled in 2017.