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Honda has released the first visual of its 2014 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) challenger reflecting the new technical regulations for the FIA WTCC that will come into force for 2014.

This Honda Civic WTCC rendering shows swelled wheel arches, larger diameter wheels, a sleeker aero package and extended rear spoiler. Add all this to increased engine power and the 2014 Honda WTCC racer is looking good to retain the Manufacturers World Championship crown. But it will have to get past Citroen and one Mr Loeb first.

Two works cars will be run by JAS Motorsport for Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro with further Civics to be entered by private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani respectively. This follows the recent unveiling of the 2014 BTCC Civic Tourer racer, with Matt Neal and Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden confirmed as Honda Yuasa Racing drivers for another season.

Salivating at the pic above? You’ll be able to buy a hot Civic hatch soon as Honda is putting the final touches to its new Honda Civic Type R hatchback, ahead of the car’s expected launch in 2015. The new CTR will be the first Type R to feature a turbo engine, and it will also be the most powerful one yet, with output of over 280 hp. Click here for the full CTR story and here for a video of it pounding the ‘Ring.