Photos, which seem to be of a completely undisguised Honda Civic Type R, have surfaced days ahead of the car’s official unveiling.
The images were provided to World Car Fans by reader “DTM”. They show, what seems to be, a production ready version of the new Honda Civic Type R on a hoist, in a garage full of other Civic models, and entirely without camouflage.
While the overall look of the production Civic Type R sticks to the template laid out by its two concept car forebears, it does deviate fairly significantly in the details.
For instance, the extended wheel arches are more crisply defined than on the concept cars, while the headlights have lost their show car flair and the aero kit has been toned down.
Another striking change is apparent at the rear. Although the production Type R still features a generously sized rear wing, the production unit no longer forms an integral part of the vehicle’s tail-lights. Indeed, it seems the only lights attached to the wing are the third brake light.
In some ways, at least from these photos, the new Civic Type R bears a greater visual resemblance to the prototype vehicle we drove back in 2013 than the recent concept cars.
Honda has already confirmed that the new Civic Type R will be sold in Australia, possibly from 2016. Under the bonnet there will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor pumping out over 206kW to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Redlined at 7000rpm, the first turbocharged Type R model will be able to hit a top speed of 270km/h.
The new Civic Type R will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva motor show.