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The first image of the new Honda Civic World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) racer has been released, previewing the competition hatchback set to defend its 2013 crown.

Reflecting the new technical regulations introduced for the 2014 WTCC season, the low-slung Honda Civic rendering exudes aggression with pumped wheel arches, larger 18-inch wheels, a sleeker aero package and an extended rear spoiler.

Next year’s racer also comes with a power increase to 280kW from its turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro

Two factory-backed works cars piloted by Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro will challenge for the 2014 world title along with two privateer teams.

Due to kick off in Morocco on April 6, the 2014 season will see newcomer Citroen enter the championship to do battle against Chevrolet and Lada.

A part of the FIA WTCC series since 2012, Honda’s involvement has been instrumental in the development of the “at least” 206kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-four that will power the upcoming fourth-generation Honda Civic Type-R due to launch in early 2015.


    wow, very ricer

    • guest

      Its a Touring car, how is that a ricer. Do you even understand the term or when it is applied or did you just hear it one day and try and use it to see if people think your cool?
      Maybe you are handicapped in some way so ill help you out. The race cars parts are for functionality. If you put these body parts on your mums other wise standard Exel that could be considered a ricer.
      Ricer the term is so over used. Just like every V8 being called a dinosaur no matter what tech the engine is running.

      • JEKYL & HYDE

        open your eyes dude ( and get back on your meds ). it may well be a touring car, but looks ultra ricer. i can see the honda fanboys racing in to buy the rear wing and guards.

        • Edward

          As much as you like to stereotype, you are still completely wrong.

          Rice refers to mods that serve no purpose except for looks, or as they say ‘all show and no go’. This touring car needs everything on it. Remove the wing, you mess with the downforce. Remove the flared gaurds, you mess with the aerodynamics. Remove the wider track, the car becomes less grounded. Remove the racing colours, you will confuse the spectators and refund ad revenue back Castrol. You can even bet that those wheels are light-weight.

          If you know anything about BTTC, you will know that all cars look as outlandish as this. I assume that seeing a Honda badge alongside modifications causes you to think about Honda fanboys, and I applaud your brain for working overtime to produce that thought. But now its time for you to let us enthusiasts get back to reading better things than your 2-bit thought process.

  • jj21wa

    I like the steam that exudes from the car. Is this an option on the next type r? :)
    (But in all seriousness… Thank goodness Honda found their mojo back)

  • M.

    Now that’s the Honda I know and love!

  • Autoholic

    Looks purposeful with that big rear wing.