Honda has revealed the prototype for their new Honda Civic Type R at the 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris, giving us all an insight into what to expect when it is officially launched next year.
While there’s no performance data available as of yet, there’s plenty of information on the bodywork and aesthetics of the vehicle, which we’re going to run through below.
The new prototype is based on the low and wide proportions of the most recent Civic hatchback and is enhanced by a muscular body styling and modifications designed to help the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance.
The vehicle’s exterior also has a unique, highly reflective, brushed aluminium-effect finish.
At the front of the vehicle, you’ll find an aggressive looking bumper with a winged carbon fibre splitter and a sporty red accent line, as well as slatted ducts which add width to the bumper and diamond mesh inserts to fill the sculpted air intakes.
The famous red ‘H’ badges will also sit above a new air vent found at the front of the car and there is also a new intake on the bonnet and an air scoop found centrally in a trapezoidal recess.
The LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters feature smoked lenses, which reflect the vehicle’s more aggressive character.
Carbon fibre side skirts will run the length of the wheelbase, with enlarged arches to accommodate the 20-inch black alloy wheels (an inch higher than the current Type R hatch) with a red accent and 245-section high-performance tyres.
On the wider rear bumper, a carbon fibre diffuser will run underneath, framing the three fully-functional tailpipes with directional strakes at each side.
The central tailpipe is slightly smaller and is a bright metallic red, and unique peaks at the roof flanks point toward the dramatic and striking rear wing.
All of these exterior features have been designed with the vehicle’s performance in mind, with everything serving its own function.
This next-gen Civic Type R was engineered as part of the same development programme as the other members of the Civic family and will be produced at Honda of the UK manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, with it expected to hit showrooms in the second half of next year.
However, the new Type R will also be sold outside of Europe, in both Japan and the US, making it the first time that a Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.
It’s certainly a punchy looking design for a family car, so we look forward to seeing how the final model looks when it’s revealed next year (an actual sale date and price have yet to be confirmed).
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