Years of pining for Honda’s Civic Type R in the U.S. are finally coming to an end as the automaker signals what the car will look like.
Honda is calling the model introduced Thursday at the Paris auto show the Type R Prototype, but those who follow Honda’s habits at auto shows know that it is just a thinly disguised version of the production car that goes on sale in the U.S. next year as a 2018 model.
Honda switched the current 10th generation of the Civic to a global platform; no longer does the company build one iteration for the U.S. and one for the rest of the world. This means that the new Type R that storms onto roads globally next year also meets U.S. regulations.
No powertrain details were disclosed but the new Type R is expected to merely advance the current car’s setup for more power rather than shoehorn in something all-new. The Type R sold abroad is front-wheel drive and uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for about 306 hp paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Like the upcoming production model, the Type R Prototype is a hatchback only. Its aggressive demeanor is played up with exterior features such as a large rear wing, a trio of functional tailpipes, a hood scoop and air outlets in the fenders.
The Type R Prototype will make its North American debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association aftermarket show in November in Las Vegas and the production version will bow in the first quarter of 2017. The car will be built at Honda’s Swindon, U.K., plant and be exported globally.