Honda Previews Production U.S.-Spec Civic Type R with Sharp New Prototype

A Type R for America at long, long last

Honda’s intent to bring the Civic Type R to our shores is no secret, but we have long wondered what form the hottest Honda would arrive in. At this year’s Paris auto show, Honda pulled the wraps off a new U.S.-spec Civic Type R hatch prototype, previewing what we can expect in dealer showrooms in the near future.

This is the first concrete look at the Americanized Civic Type R since the Japanese automaker confirmed it earlier last year. It appears we’re getting the full-fat hatchback, similar to the European and Japanese market cars. Honda is keen to call this a “prototype,” but we expect the majority of these features to worm their way into production.

Compared to the 2016 Civic Type R already charging around overseas, the Star Spangled Type R prototype carries a significantly different appearance compared to the existing car. A new front fascia includes the same handsome face from the regular Civic, and an aggressive intake scoop on the hood is lacking on the current production model.

Underneath, the Type R likely has the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the regular car, producing an astounding 305 hp, routed to the front wheels through a mandatory six-speed manual transmission.

Aside from a concept car color scheme and a smattering of carbon fiber bits, this prototype is neat, tidy, and appears to be production ready. Look for the Honda Civic Type R to officially roll down the assembly line sometime later next year.

If you can’t foot the bill to Paris, don’t worry, you can catch a glimpse of the car at this year’s SEMA auto show in Las Vegas.

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