New Type R will be yet faster and just as outlandish to look at
The Honda Civic Type R is the kind of car that can be expected to do things quickly. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that just a few weeks after unveiling the everyday version of the new Civic, Honda has also lifted the wraps on its hooligan twin.
So far, the Swindon-built rival for the Golf R and Focus RS has only been shown in concept form. But that’s not fooling anybody. Gaudy bodywork has long been a Type R trademark, so the space-probe looks have production written all over them. At the very least, you can expect a wild aero kit, big air scoops and a monster of a spoiler at the back.
Actually, you can expect two monster spoilers at the back. Because spoilers.
Honda hasn’t given us a peek at the interior yet. But you don’t need to expect it to be any less extrovert than the body – and as well as looking the part, it’s sure to include the sort of seats and steering wheel you need when you’re spanking it round Donington in a bid for trackday immortality.
The newcomer will spell the end for the current Type R, which has only been on sale since last year – cue instant cult classic status. It’s likely to continue with the same 2.0-litre engine, which in the outgoing model screams out 306bhp – but the Focus RS, which was launched earlier this year, has 345bhp, and Honda won’t take that lying down. Unlike the rest of its super-hatch rivals, however, the Type R will continue to be front-driven.
Prices are some way from being announced, but are likely to start in the low-£30k bracket – a slight increase on the outgoing model, whose values can be expected to start rising as soon as its replacement arrives.