New spy photos of the Honda Civic Type R give us a better look at its front end.
The production 10th-generation Honda Civic hatchback was already unveiled, but the Type R variant is still in development and looking meaner than ever. Spy photographers caught the prototype testing in Spain, with Honda subjecting it to hot weather testing to ensure everything works as intended despite high temperatures. The front end is looking similar to what Honda showed off on the Civic Hatchback concept, which is good news since the standard hatchback’s styling got toned down quite a bit for production.
It’s still unclear what the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will output in the new Civic Type R, but rumors suggest it will be in the 340-horsepower range. What we do know is that a six-speed manual transmission is expected, while front-wheel drive is guaranteed. Another big question is if the rear spoiler will be standard on the model or if the Japanese automaker will bundle it with a track-oriented package.
The production Honda Civic hatchback will be on display at this year’s Paris Motor Show later this month, and there’s a possibility that Honda may surprise attendees with a Civic Type R concept at the show.