Honda Australia has already confirmed that the next Civic Type R will make its way into Australian showrooms - likely sometime in 2015 - but how will it look?
TMR tasked digital art wizard Theophilus Chin with crafting a look to the new performer, building on the confirmed five-door body with enhanced styling and aerodynamics.
Destined to do battle with Volkswagen's Golf GTI and the Ford Focus ST, the new 'CTR' will land with bigger wheels, an aggressive sports body-kit and - if the recent Tourer concept is anything to by - a centre-mounted exhaust tip.
Of course, the most important feature has always been the powerplant, and reports suggest the 2014 model could get a turbo-charged 1.6 litre four-cylinder.
A 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo producing more than 200kW is another popular rumour, with a 225kW “target” having been mentioned more than once.
Other rumours suggest a hybrid powertrain - again benefiting from turbocharging - and even a twin-clutch automatic transmission.
Away from the engine bay, the next Civic Type R could feature a 'back-to-the-future' all-wheel-steering system, helping the new model meet Honda boss Takanobu Ito's goal of producing the fastest FWD car around the Nurburgring.
To do this, it will need to beat the 8:08 minute benchmark set by the Renault Megane RS 265. We'll see...
For now, it remains unclear when Honda will offer a first official look at the new model, but with the Tokyo Motor Show on again this year, we could see a concept appear sooner rather than later.
Watch out for more Civic Type R news and a confirmation date for Australian showrooms.
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