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After a three-year hiatus, Honda will be back in the hot hatch game soon with a new Civic Type R. Soon here isn’t quite soon enough, though, as it’s only likely to come to market in 2015. Still, our spy photographers CarPix and Automedia have spotted it out testing on the road and track to give us an early glimpse of Honda’s next hot model.

The 2015 Honda Civic Type R seen here sports a big rear wing, aggressive all-round bodykit, (plastic) wheelarch extensions, Brembo brakes with red calipers, large BBS wheels and four exhaust pipes. Spot them all; this is one serious hot hatch. It’ll have five-doors this time though, as the latest Euro Civic does not have a three-door bodystyle.

Clearly visible behind the lower air intake is an intercooler, which confirms the rumours that the next CTR will be turbocharged. The engine will adopt the technologies used in the current Civic’s foray into WTCC and BTCC – both direct injection and turbocharged series.

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Expect it to either match or exceed the current crop of hot hatches, with power outputs in the region of 300 hp or so. Here it’s already seen benchmarked against the 280 PS/400 Nm Opel Astra OPC/Vauxhall Astra VXR and 350 PS/460 Nm Ford Focus RS500, proof that Honda is not playing around this time.

Away from the cameras, our spies also spotted the Civic Type R evaluated next to a Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy, the current lap record holder for a front-wheel drive production car at the Nürburgring. Honda CEO Takanobu Ito mentioned earlier that the next CTR will be gunning for that very record. Game on, Honda.