This wild-looking thing is the prototype version of the Honda Civic Type R. The prototype offers a glimpse into the future of the Type R brand and the new Civic Type R will be shown at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in production form before going on sale in markets around the world.
The prototype you see here is based on the new Honda Civic hatchback and it has gained numerous go-faster visual bits. The wings and aerodynamic kit aren't just for show and will aid the Honda Civic Type R in terms of handling and grip. The paint job is unique and is a highly reflective wth a finely-grained brushed aluminium-effect finish. Note the bonnet scoop which will provide cooling air into the engine bay.
While there's no official word on engine and transmission, we predict that the new Honda Civic Type R will use a modified version of the current 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor. It currently pushes out 228 kW and 400 Nm, but we reckon that'll be upped considerably to keep pace with its rivals.
The production Civic Type R will be manufactured at Honda's UK plant in Swindon with sales expected to kick off during the second half of 2017. This is great news as the United Kingdom is a right-hand drive market, meaning its highly likely we'll see this monster coming to South Africa. Honda fans in the United States of America are particularly excited as this new Civic Type R has been confirmed for sale in that region, making it the first time any Honda-badged Type R will be sold there.
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