The first official photo of the Honda Civic Type R hatchback has leaked out onto the internet a few days prior to the car's official reveal at the 2015 Geneva motor show.
Placed alongside the facelifted versions of the Civic hatchback and wagon, the first official picture of the new Honda Civic Type R was published by Carscoops and seems to have come courtesy of Honda's Polish arm.
A brief check of the Honda Poland's website reveals only info and photos that date back to early- and mid-February.
The latest leak follows on from photos that were posted yesterday of a white Civic Type R hatch in production trim. Both sets of pictures match up and show that the production Type R differs in many respects from the concept cars that preceded it.
For instance, the new Type R's expanded wheel arches are crisper and squarer than the examples seen on the concepts. From yesterday's photos we can see that the concept cars' large rear wing, which was smoothly integrated into vehicle's tail-light graphic, has been ditched for a more simple unit that only incorporates a high-mount brake light.
No new official details about the Civic Type R have been disseminated since the mid-February revelation that the new car can hit a top speed of 270km/h.
The new Civic Type R will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor that pumps out over 206kW of power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Australian availability has been confirmed. The new Civic Type R is widely expected to arrive down under in 2016, but an official announcement about the car's on-sale date has yet to be made.