It's been a few years since Honda sold a version of the Civic with its famed Type R badge, but that's about to change. Autocar reports that Honda company insiders have confirmed that a new Civic Type R has been confirmed for production.
Based on Autocar's information, Honda will confirm plans for the new Civic Type R this September at the Paris Motor Show, before showing a concept at the 2013 Geneva show next March. The production car could go on sale about a year after that, in early 2014.
Honda was forced to kill off the old Civic Type R in 2010 because its high-revving K20 2.0-liter inline-four engine wouldn't meet stricter Euro 5 emissions standards. While we have spied a Type R prototype testing with lowered suspension and a big rear wing, it's still unknown what engine will power the new feisty hatchback. Honda may have designed a new, emissions-compliant naturally aspirated engine. Alternatively, the new car could use some sort of turbocharged engine -- which would be a first for any Honda Type R product.
The new European-market Honda Civic (pictured) was introduced at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. An eventual Type R version would likely get much firmer suspension components, stronger brakes, and bold body add-ons.