Normally I don’t do posts this late but the Paris Motor Show is kicking off and Honda is already making waves by revealing the 2018 Civic Type R Prototype. I know, it seems like we’ve seen several prototypes and renderings of the next Civic Type R so far but this one is real and Honda claims that its the closest to production trim yet.
Most of the story here is some of the exterior changes from the last iteration we’ve seen. The most noticeable difference is the hood scoop which screams “turbo!” We already knew the next R would have a snail under the hood but the placement of the scoop pretty much confirms a top mounted intercooler. There is also a whole lot of carbon fiber here. A unique front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser are all made from carbon. Though, it remains to be seen if the carbon parts are exclusive to the prototype or if they will make their way to the production model as well.
The entire car is wrapped with brushed aluminum textured vinyl material but as you might have guessed, the wrap is exclusive to the prototype. The Type R preview is sporting 20 inch piano black wheels wrapped in 245 series continental tires. Other than some new clues from some of the exterior mods we are offered very little new information about the next Civic Type R. Though, we do know that while the prototype is making its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, it will be making its US debut at SEMA this year so you better believe we are going to get a closer look at it at the show!
For now feel free to click on the thumbnails for larger photos and for the official press release scroll below. Then let us know your thoughts about this new Type R prototype by leaving a comment below or tweeting to us at @MotorworldHype.
Sep 28, 2016 – TORRANCE, Calif.
- New Civic Type R Prototype unveiled at 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris
- First-ever Honda-badged Type R coming to the U.S.
- Features wide, aggressive fascias, extended wheel arches and dramatic rear wing
- Bespoke “brushed aluminium” wrap provides eye-catching finish
Fresh on the heels of the sales launch of the 2017 Civic Hatchback, the next-generation Civic Type R had its global debut in prototype form today at the 2016 Paris auto show. The radical new Civic Type R, with its sporty and sleek hatchback design and track-ready performance, will make its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1-4, 2016, marking the arrival of the first-ever Honda-badged Type R in the U.S.
The Civic Type R Prototype offers insight into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will be officially unveiled in 2017, joining the 10th Generation Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe and newly released Civic Hatchback, with the Civic Si variants also launching next year.
“We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we’re delivering on that promise with each new Civic,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “For the first time ever in America, Honda fans and enthusiasts will have access to the ultimate in Civic performance in the form of the new Type R.”
Based on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback, the Civic Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.
Honda’s iconic red “H” badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.
Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires. A beefy carbon fiber diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes. The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.
The next generation Civic Type R was developed by the joint efforts of Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be officially unveiled in production form next year. The 2017 Civic Type R will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon, the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback.