Buyers hanging out for the all-new 2017 Honda Civic Type R get their first look at its styling today, with the debut of a hot ‘prototype’ version at this week’s Paris motor show.
It was only a little over a year ago that Honda revealed its latest Civic Type R, some four years after the debut of its ninth-generation Civic hatch donor. Honda won’t be making that mistake again, however, with this all-new model set to hit showrooms in the next year.
The Type R concept’s bumpers are remarkably similar to those of the regular hatch, which says a good deal about Honda’s bid to give the core Civic hatch models a racier look.
The concept’s bumpers gain additional ducting, however, along with a sharp carbon-fibre lip along the lower edge and around the side of the car.
The familiar red-backed H and Type R badges dominate the snout, and a turbo intercooler intake in the bonnet rounds out the front-end looks.
Through the profile, the hot-hatch concept gets flared guards with a more integrated, less ‘tacked on’ look, although the rear flares are more plainly added.
At the rear, a set of large centre-mounted exhaust tips rest below a small diffuser, while the requisite Type R wing dominates the deck.
Technical details are still to come, although the new Type R is expected to be powered by the current model’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, possibly building on the existing 231kW and 400Nm figures.
A front-wheel drive setup is also expected to continue, and, given the young age of the current model, much of its mechanicals will likely transfer to the new model.
Expect a significant overhaul, though, driven by the experience gained with the current R car.
Watch for more on the Civic Type R concept to surface in the coming hours as the press days for the 2016 Paris motor show kick off.
MORE: 2017 Honda Civic Type-R: manual-only hatch ‘will be fastest at the Nurburgring’
MORE: 2017 Civic Type R news
MORE: 2017 Honda NSX Review
MORE: Honda Civic news and reviews
MORE: Honda news, reviews, video and pricing