Approximately three weeks ago we published a high quality render of a next-gen Honda Civic Coupe and now the same author has shared with us a digital interpretation of his vision for the next Civic Type R hatchback. It certainly looks stunning and the good news is the attached speculative illustration is actually based on a prototype that has already been caught testing in Germany around the famous Nurburgring.
This means Honda has plans to introduce the Type R relatively early in the life cycle of the tenth generation Civic, even though the current five-door hatchback Type R went on sale just a few months ago and it’s still not available in all of the countries where the model will be sold. Getting back to the next-gen model at hand, it will likely be out in 2017 and is going to have a triple exhaust setup mounted in the center of the rear bumper as you see on the Ferrari 458 Italia.
It’s also getting a large rear wing and vented front fenders while the front bumper will receive a spoiler lip along with big air vents to cool down the engine. Also expect to see a lowered sports suspension, beefy wheel arches and a set of sizeable alloy wheels paired to an upgraded braking system.
As for the engine, it remains a mystery for now what will power the next generation Civic Type R hatchback, but it could be an upgraded iteration of the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo inside the current car where it already offers a mighty 310 bhp and 400 Nm, so extra power is expected to turn the model into an even more worthy adversary for the Ford Focus RS and other compact five-door hot hatches.
It remains to be seen whether Honda will apply the Type R treatment on the coupe and sedan models or only the hatchback will get this range-topping trim.