Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Honda, Newspress | posted September 29, 2016 12:58
Honda Civic hot-hatch Prototype hints towards turbo engine
Fresh from the debut of the all-new Honda Civic hatchback in Europe and North America, the automaker has now revealed the Civic Type R Prototype at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. It will also be shown at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA show. The car's SEMA debut also means that the Civic Type R will arrive in North American shores for the first time in almost 20 years.
For its exterior, it follows Type R tradition with the iconic red "H" badge, on the grill. The front fascia is given a more aggressive look with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the hot hatch, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes. There is also a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess, hinting of a turbocharged engine. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype's more aggressive character. The exterior is wrapped in a brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car.
On to its side, carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills. At the rear, a carbon fiber diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia with center-mounted exhaust pipes. For enhanced aerodynamics, the concept also features vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof which points towards the rear wing. The Civic Type R Prototype rides on 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires.
Just over a year ago, Honda launched the current Civic Type R called the FK2R. The FK2R is the first-ever turbocharged model from the factory, as well as being the first offered with five doors. While Honda did not reveal its powertrain specifications, it is likely that the new Civic Type R will also be turbocharged with at least 310 PS under the hood with the competition putting out about the same figures.
According to Honda, the production version of the Civic Type R is slated for the 2017 model year. The all-new Civic Type R will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing plant in Swindon, the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback.