The upcoming 2017 Honda Civic Type R has been spied by a keen-eyed CarAdvice reader near the Gold Coast in Queensland this week – wearing Victoria plates, where the company is headquartered – ahead of the hot hatch’s launch here before the end of next year.
While most of the body was concealed under swirly black and white camouflage, the vehicle is pretty recognisable as a Civic, and bears a strong resemblance to the Type R ‘prototype’ which was revealed at the Paris motor show.
Distinguishing the hot hatch from its more tame siblings is its aggressive bodykit and large alloy wheels with big Brembo brakes behind.
Out back, the prototype features a massive rear wing and three tailpipes – like the Ferrari 458.
CarAdvice reader Bernard spotted the vehicle – which looks very close to being production-ready – on the M1 freeway on his way back to Brisbane.
Details of the new Civic Type R’s powertrain are unconfirmed at this stage, though it’s expected the new car will feature a version of the current model’s 231kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo driving the front wheels.
Above: Honda Civic Type R concept
In August, Honda’s local chief, Stephen Collins, confirmed that the new Civic Type R is on track to launch in Australia by the end of 2017, six months after the regular versions of the new Civic hatch land Down Under.
The current Civic Type R, based on the previous-generation Civic hatch, never made it to Australia, having launched late in the generation’s life-cycle and with a left-hand drive development plan.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Honda Civic Type R updates in the coming months.
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