Honda previews styling of the new generation Civic Type R at 2016 Paris Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on October 12, 2016

Want to have a preview of the looks of the next-generation Civic Type R that will be unveiled in 2017? Then, take a good look at the new Honda Civic Type R Prototype launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Honda engineered the next-generation Type R under the same development program as other members of the Civic family. Production will be done at Honda’s UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon and sales will commence in Europe during the second half of 2017.

Interestingly, the new Civic Type R will also be sold in the United States – as well as other global markets – which would be the first time that a Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.

Exterior Design

While the Civic Type R Prototype is derived from the new 2017 Honda Civic hatchback with its low and wide proportions, it features an array of augmentation that made its body styling become more muscular as well as some modifications to make it more aerodynamic. It is underpinned by a new platform that has been engineered from the ground up and has been developed to provide a dynamic driving experience.

This prototype is around 130 mm longer, 30 mm wider and 20 mm lower than the previous-generation five-door Civic. Featuring a sleek roofline, these dimensions of the Civic Type R Prototype serve as the core of its unique design and sporty styling, driver-focused dynamics and more interior space. Meanwhile, the front end of the prototype features an aggressive bumper highlighted by a winged carbon fiber splitter as well as sporty red accent line. The bumper also features extra slatted ducts with diamond-mesh inserts filling the sculpted air intakes.

In addition, the styling concept boasts of short front overhangs with characteristic air intakes that give it a purposeful stance, thereby resulting a an aggressive modern interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, as accentuated by signature Honda front headlight clusters. The prototype’s thin front lamp clusters – depending on the mode grade -- feature either LED headlights or projector halogen bulbs. Daytime running lights of all models are specified with LED units illuminating a hockey-stick shaped strip just at the outer edge of the lamp cluster.

Wrapped in highly reflective aluminum-effect finish, the Civic Type R Prototype is marked by the Type R-exclusive red ‘H’ badge just above a new air vent at the nose. The bonnet features a new intake with an air scoop located centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Its front end is also marked LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters. When viewed from the sides, it is apparent that the new Civic Type R Prototype is provided with carbon fiber side skirts sandwiched between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents wrapped in 245-section high-performance tires. These new wheels are now hugged by larger wheel arches.

Donning a sleek and swept back silhouette, the Civic Type R Prototype provides a sneak peek into the new Honda sporty design direction, with sharp lines complemented by a comprehensive aerodynamic packaging that includes a complete underbody paneling.

The flanks of the Civic Type R Prototype come with sleek and swept-back body contour lines as well as a swage line that splits on front and rear door handles and then culminates in the C-shaped LED rear lights. On the other hand, the rear end is marked by a wider rear bumper, below which is a large carbon fiber diffuser.

Its rear bumper also features sharp creases as well as sculpted air outlets. The rear end is also marked by a pair of directional strakes at each side and smaller central tailpipe in bright metallic red. Unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards towards a dramatic, visually striking rear wing. All of these endow the new Civic Type R Prototype with a sleek and dynamic yet distinctive and modern exterior look that should appeal to its target customers.

Honda has well acknowledged the fact that its customers in all its target markets around the world are expecting a new Civic with superior standards of quality, dynamic performance and refinement. This prompted Honda to further develop the Civic, and this became its largest single model engineering program with an objective to recoup the essence of Honda Civic as a car with a characteristic sporty driving character.

To achieve this, Honda’s engineering team benchmarked the best compact-class cars in world, including those from premium brands. As a result, Honda was able to extensively define the targets for the new Civic in terms of performance, handling, steering, NVH, overall interior quality and refinement.

Press Release

NEW CIVIC TYPE R PROTOTYPE UNVEILED AT 2016 MONDIAL DE L’AUTOMOBILE IN PARIS

The new Honda Civic Type R Prototype has been revealed at the 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris, offering an insight into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R which will be officially unveiled in 2017.

Based on the low and wide proportions of the new Civic hatchback, the Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is clothed in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminium-effect finish unique to the show car.

At the front, the aggressive bumper is accentuated with a winged carbon fibre splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the bumper, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Honda’s famous red ‘H’ badge – which adorns all Type R models – sits above a new air vent at the nose of the car. There is also a new intake on the bonnet, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.

Carbon fibre side skirts run the length of the wheelbase, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tyres. Enlarged arches accommodate the new wheels.

A substantial carbon fibre diffuser runs below the wider rear bumper, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes with a pair of directional strakes at each side. The central tailpipe is of a smaller diameter and is highlighted in bright metallic red. Unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards towards a dramatic, visually striking rear wing.

The next-generation Civic Type R was engineered within the same development programme as the other members of the Civic family, and will be officially unveiled in production form next year. It will be produced at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback, with sales expected to begin in Europe during the second half of 2017.

The Type R will be exported to markets around the world, including the US – which will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.

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