Honda is slated to reveal their new Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in early March, which is a blessed relief only when factoring in that it will be in its production form (or near as) at its Swiss premiere.
After many iterative concepts cars that weren’t really all that outrageous and are barely worthy of the term. To be fair, they were called prototypes before, but there was little reason to believe that there was anything surprising to be learned from Honda parading it on the motor show circuit last year.
As expected, there’s no indication to suggest that it will look much different from those prior ‘prototypes’. Based on the 10th-generation Civic hatch, the Type R will sports the usual aggressive exterior treatment with red accents and a lowered stance. There might also be a hood scoop and sizeable fixed rear wing.
It should see a modest boost in performance over outgoing car, though it will likely share the same engine, albeit possibly revised to generate more than the 228kW and 400Nm that the 2.0-litre K20 turbocharged four-cylinder produced before.
Should the engine be untouched, however, Honda should then be focusing on improving the car’s front-driven dynamics and reduction of weight to produce a worthwhile improvement. Just like the FK2-generation Civic Type R, this fifth-generation version’s rivals will mainly include the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R along with the forthcoming Renault Megane RS.
Following its Geneva debut, the all-new Type R should be rolling off the production line in Honda’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, England, with no plans thus far to expand production to its factories.