Honda has announced that the all-new Honda Civic Type R will make its world debut in production form at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Firstly, it is confirmed that a 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine will power the new Civic Type R, likely an updated version of the one found in the FK2 model (306 hp/400 Nm), mated to a six-speed manual. Honda says the new one is “engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment” but did not reveal much in the way of the car’s performance.
However, it did note that production of the Civic Type R will begin in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, the same factory that produced the previous Civic Type R and current Civic Hatchback.
The Type Rs made there will make their way across Europe as well as other markets around the world. This includes Japan and the United States, with the latter marking the first time any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.
As for how it will look, the Civic Type R Prototype (pictured here) from last year’s Paris Motor Show is a good indicator, with loads of aggressive styling befitting the nameplate. This includes new bumpers, larger wheels, red Brembo brake calipers and a 458 Italia-style exhaust. The production version should appear similar, albeit with a few minor alterations to be deemed roadworthy.
Honda says the Type R was developed alongside the new Civic Hatchback, with “mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both vehicles.” This should include an adaptive damper system, which is available on higher-spec variants of the Civic Hatchback in Europe.
We’ll get full details of the Civic Type R during its reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, which is less than a month away. Excited?
GALLERY: Honda Civic Type R Prototype