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Mike Stevens | Mar, 04 2014 | 12 Comments


Reports of Honda’s Civic Type R teaser artwork being greatly exaggerated, have been greatly exaggerated.

Yes, the new ‘CTR’ has made its first appearance this week, and it is every bit as lairy as last month’s rendering promised.

Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, Honda’s red-hot hatch is strictly a concept for now, but we can likely expect much of its wild styling to stay on-board in the leap to production.

As expected, the concept has done away with the glued-on guards that featured on last year’s matte-black test car, replaced here with unique sheet metal at each corner.

Those fat guards cover the new Type R’s wider track and wheels, while also providing space for the vital brake vents that will channel hot air away from the big rotors.

At the front end, there’s a new face with LED lighting top and bottom, along with a pair of new mesh grilles and a vented bonnet to keep the turbocharged engine cool.

There’s also a meaty carbon spoiler below the front bumper, contributing to the new Type R’s aero enhancements.

Speaking of aerodynamics and downforce, there’s a huge new wing at the rear-end that will undoubtedly polarise fans.

Likely too futuristic and ‘boy racer’ for some, the big split spoiler design will certainly appeal to fans of the wild aero kits of early high-performance hatches.

That new spoiler is also integrated into the concept’s redesigned tail-light assembly, which sees warm LED lighting extend up to the very tips of the ‘dorsal fin’ segments.

External styling is rounded out by a set of large exhaust tips - and if nothing else about this concept reaches production, you can bet that those at least will.

"Many of the styling features offer real function, rather than just aesthetics," Honda says of the concept's look.

"The need to reduce drag, add down-force, provide cooling and achieve optimum airflow, were key considerations for the design team."

Official details are still to come, although Honda has confirmed the the new CTR will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbo engine, producing more than 206kW.

Those figures will make the new hatch more powerful than Volkswagen's new Golf GTI and Ford's Focus ST, not to mention Renault's Megane RS.

It will match Opel's Astra OPC however, which also features a 206kW 2.0 litre turbo engine. Of course, the Astra range is no longer offered in Australia.

MORE: New Civic Type R Technical Details

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