Next-Gen Honda Civic Imagined In Focus RS-Fighting Type R Form

With Honda bringing their new Civic hatchback prototype to this year’s Geneva Motor Show, getting to see that car wearing a Type R “costume” was simply a matter of time.

The company has already shown us their next-gen Civic Type R turbo lag-free engine last month. We expect to see some solid specs seen as how the competition has gotten a lot tougher in this segment after Ford launched the Focus RS.

Right now, the current-gen Type R comes with 310 PS, 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and an official 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 5.7 seconds – exactly a second slower than the Focus RS.

Once in production, the 2017 Type R will go up against not just the Ford, but lots of other rivals such as the VW Golf R and the Peugeot 308 GTi.The all-new Type R will also be sold globally, which means that it will also make its way into the US, where Honda fans had long since been deprived of owning the hottest of Civics.

Rendering courtesy of X-Tomi


  • Aquaflex

    Man if only it was going to have some form of awd…

  • pureworx

    i don’t see how this competes with the focus rs, golf r, rs3 or a-class amg.. they are all awd.. this is a fwd hot hatch, so its competitors are:

    all the hot hatch fwd cars.. and its already proven it spanks them without breaking a sweat. maybe if honda make and awd variant they you can compare with the rs, golf r and the likes.

    really hate this form of misinformation opinionated journalism. The same was spouted when describe the launch of the gtr.. it was being compared to cars it wasn’t even meant to be competing with.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I believe the term is, “Punching above your weight”. This kinda does that.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      I don’t see why you wouldn’t compare 2 hot hatches simply because they don’t have the same architectures or the same price tag.

      • pureworx

        The number of reviews I’ve seen where they take it up against an RS3 and then complain it lacks awd and doesnt have that level of “premium feel” they should also mention it doesn’t have that premium price tag either.

        The golf r 5dr base spec manual with the 0 cost paint and standard interior (cloth) costs £31,775 and the base Civic type r with no options and standard interior (leather) costs £29.995 which is £1780 cheaper. So yes it lacks awd but its also £2k less than the base golf r.. a difference never pointed out in reviews, instead they compare the car with a fully loaded golf r which costs hell of a lot more.

        If you’re in the market for a awd hatch, you wont be interested in the civic type r and if you’re looking at the civic type r it’s because you want a fwd hot hatch or you have already ruled out all the awd due to price or driving characteristics, so comparing cars of the same architecture is very important to make a well informed decision. Tellimg me the Civic type R costs £3k more than its closest front wheel rival and explaining the fact that it out classes the rivals, which does justify the price tag give the buyer the ability to make a more informed decision.

        It’s like going to your favourite italian place and getting pizza and then comparing that with your favourite chinese.. wheres the logic? If i want pizza i want to know who does the best pizza not X does pizza but from Y you can have chicken stir fry.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    NEEDS AWD!!!

  • LeftLanePrius

    That rear wing looks familiar, think I’ve seen it on the BRZ?

  • Gregory Cassanova

    There are actually real Type R prototype testing spy pics on the net that look like it is wearing the production body

  • QRT

    Throw in the SH-AWD please!!!! 🙁

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