2018 Honda Civic Type R spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienEnlarge Photo
Honda is working on a new generation of its Civic Type R, one that will be sold in most of the automaker’s markets including the United States.
Prototypes have been testing for a while now but the market launch isn’t due to take place until the second half of 2017.
We might not have to wait that long to see the car up close, however, as a new report suggests a concept version will be on show at the 2016 Paris auto show in late September.
Auto Express reports that the Civic Type R concept will be unveiled alongside a new Civic Hatchback which is due to go on sale later this year as a 2017 model. The new hatch, which will form the basis of the new Civic Type R, will also be sold in the U.S.
2015 Honda Civic Type REnlarge Photo
Honda first showed the previous Civic Type R as a concept, and the show car looked almost identical to the production version it later spawned (above). Hopefully this will also be the case with the latest Civic Type R concept.
The new Civic Type R will follow a similar formula to its predecessor. A turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 will deliver over 300 horsepower to the front wheels, with a 6-speed manual and sophisticated suspension helping get that power to the ground. Rivals will include the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R.
All Civic Hatchbacks, including the Civic Type R, will be sourced from Honda’s plant in the United Kingdom.
We should have more details soon as the Paris auto show’s September 29 opening day is coming up soon. For more coverage, head to our dedicated hub.