It’s been a long road of teasers, spy photos and bite-sized technical details, but Honda’s new Civic Type R is nearly upon us.
This week, the carmaker has revealed that it will offer fans their very first look at the new hero hatch at March’s Geneva Motor Show.
The new Type R’s debut will come a year after Honda first unveiled a muscular rocket-like concept at the last Geneva show, but buyers can likely expect the final look to be a little less excessive.
We can however expect a new sports body-kit with flared guards with vented panels and larger intakes, along with big alloy wheels, a quad exhaust package and a tall wing on the rear deck. Revised headlights and new LED tail-lights are also on the cards.
As for the all-important power equation, Honda has confirmed the new Type R will be driven by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, marking a major departure from the naturally-aspirated R cars of the past.
Outputs are promised to exceed 206kW, and Honda has been more than a little outspoken on its goal to make the Type R the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the Nurburgring.
There’s been a lot of action on that front since Honda first made that bet, however.
At the time, the lap record was an already impressive 8 minutes and 8 seconds, recorded by the Renault Megane RS 265.
Will the new Type R have what it takes to shut down its rivals? Seat already appears convinced Renault’s time can still be bettered, so there may yet be room for Honda to muscle in.
But, as it did in the heated Seat and Renault battle, it may take a special stripped-down lightweight ‘special edition’ version of the Civic Type R to steal the crown.
Interesting times lay ahead.
Watch for the new Type R to make its official debut in March.