Production hot hatch to be revealed in March, here before year's end

The hotly-anticipated 2017 Honda Civic Type R has been confirmed for a production debut at this year's Geneva motor show next month.

Honda has confirmed this week that it will present the production version of its upcoming hot hatch – not the concept we've already seen – at the Geneva event which runs in early March.

The Civic Type R has already been confirmed for Australia, and will launch before the end of the year, however the finer details of the Japanese hot hatch are still to be confirmed.

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It's believed the Type R will feature a reworked version of the outgoing car's 2.0-litre turbo four (which we never got in Australia), tuned to around 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels.

Honda is expected to offer the hottest Civic exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, with a 0-100km/h time forecast to be in the low five-second range.

Last December, Honda Australia's director, Stephen Collins, said the company was expecting strong interest and decent volume of up to 200 units per month, pointing to acceptable pricing – hinting at a figure around the $50k, between a front-wheel drive Golf GTI Performance and the all-wheel driven Golf R.

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Pre-production prototypes of the upcoming hot hatch have already been spotted testing in Australia, though this operation was conducted by Honda R&D in Japan without Honda Australia's input.

Stay tuned for more Honda Civic Type R updates in the lead-up to the 2017 Geneva motor show.