Honda Civic Type R Prototype a teaser to the meanest Honda Civic Type R yet
Honda has unleashed the Honda Civic Type R Prototype at the 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris. Based on the newly released Honda Civic hatch, the Honda Civic Type R Prototype is fitted with an outlandish – and largely carbon fibre- body kit and 20-inch piano black alloy wheels which are housed in enlarged wheel arches.
The body kit consists of a winged carbon fibre splitter on the front bumper, slatted air ducts give the bumper more width and the diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes. There’s an air scoop on the bonnet that sits in a trapezoidal recess for greater visual aggression.
Carbon fibre side skirts are also fitted, as is a carbon fibre rear diffuser. Honda says those tailpipes on the concept car are fully functional, too.
No official performance data has been released, but rumours are circulating that the new Civic Type R has been honed at the infamous Nurburgring, the holy grail of performance car development. If the rumours are correct, it could mean that Honda could be targeting the new Civic Type R at Focus RS, Golf R and fast RenaultSport Megane models.
The production version of the Honda Civic Type R Prototype will be unveiled next year, and it will be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon, England. European deliveries will start in the second half of 2017.