A sneak preview of the next-generation Honda Civic Type R could come late September.
Auto Express claims that the 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be shown in concept form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show along with the production version of the 10th-generation hatchback model. Spy photographers have caught the new Honda Civic Type R testing, and although we have only seen it heavily camouflaged, it does appear the styling will be toned down compared to the current Type R. The Japanese automaker reportedly wants something more subtle and less divisive compared to the current model, with Auto Express saying that the rear spoiler will be deleted, despite it appearing on prototypes.
Instead, Honda will use a more subtle spoiler and will offer a more aggressive aerodynamic package as an option for those who want crazier styling. What will carry over, however, are the red bumper details, flared wheel arches and large air intake openings, but, overall, expect the styling to be more constrained.
More importantly, the model will retain the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine but it will generate as much as 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. That would result in a zero-to-62 time of around five seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than the current model.
The powerplant will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission and the Civic Type R will remain front-wheel drive, as it should. It will be interesting to see if Honda plans on taking back its record at the Nurburgring now that the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S has taken it away.