The Honda Civic has evolved into a practical and conservative form of transportation meant for folks who simply need a compact car that promises years of trouble-free existence.
The Civic doesn’t promise overly good looks or finely tuned driving dynamics. It doesn’t boast about acceleration numbers or compare horsepower ratings with competing cars. What it does do is offer good fuel economy and a comfortable, pleasant driving experience for the commute to work.
The Civic Type R, though, is a different beast. While it still wears the Civic name, the Type R is a formidable road racer that should instill fear into the hearts of any neighboring car at a stoplight.
And it’s coming to America with the intent of punching every other hot hatch right in the face.
Motor Trend says,
This is the first concrete look at the Americanized Civic Type R since the Japanese automaker confirmed it last year. It appears we’re getting the full-fat hatchback, similar to the European and Japanese market cars. Honda is keen to call this a “prototype,” but we expect the majority of these features to worm their way into production.
Whereas the conventional Civic looks ordinary and conservative, the Type R looks angry and ready to reclaim its crown as king of the hot hatches.
The car has a front splitter, a pair of side skirts, a rear diffuser made from carbon fiber, a hood vent, and of course, a spoiler of monumental proportions mounted on the trunk. To make it even more aggressive, the prototype car is finished with a “highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum effect.”
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will likely lurk underneath that hood scoop to produce 305 horsepower. That power is routed to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Thankfully, the stick will be the only transmission available on the Type R.
What are the odds that a Honda Civic Type R will wind up in your garage?