2017 Honda Civic Type R Spy Photos 04
Ever since Honda confirmed it would bring the Civic Type R to the U.S., and after we whetted our appetite driving the European model overseas, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the car’s actual landing on this continent. Now, our spy photographers caught a prototype for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R testing in the U.S., giving us some signals about the car’s design.
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The 2017 Honda Civic Type R seen here carries over many of the body styling cues of the Euro-spec model. Its hatchback design boasts flared fenders to accommodate large, wide wheels and tires. Red-painted Brembo brakes are evident behind the wheels, while a trio of exhausts pokes out from the car’s tail. It’s possible the third exhaust tip is just a vestigial test component, although this prototype is also missing the enormous rear wing seen on Europe’s production Type R. Up front, look for Honda to use a direct-injection 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which will direct 306 hp through a six-speed manual transmission and to the front tires, where a limited-slip differential will help quell torque steer and wheel spin. The regular coupe
Our spy shooters also got another look at the tamer 2016 Honda Civic coupe. Though we know the Civic sedan will bow on September 16, it’s possible the coupe will arrive a little later. As we saw on the sedan, the new Civic will adopt a more Acura-liked rounded nose, as well as a revamped interior with high-end features like a leather seating, more active-safety technology, and a traditional single-level dashboard instead of the split design on today’s Civic. Under the hood, Honda plans to introduce a new 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that will help improve the car’s fuel efficiency. Look for more details on the 2016 Honda Civic when it officially debuts on September 16.