- Civic Type R Prototype at 2016 Paris auto show
- Fat bumpers, dramatic rear wing
- Special ‘brushed aluminium’ eye-catching finish
PARIS, France – A Honda Civic Type R prototype has been revealed at the 2016 Paris auto show a year ahead of the next-generation Civic Type R.
It’s said to be based on “the low and wide proportions of the new Civic hatchback” but with the addition of body styling and aerodynamic modifications and a shiny, reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminium-effect finish – but only for the show car.
Extra slatted ducts add width to the bumper, diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.
Honda’s red ‘H’ badge, present on all Type R models, sits above an air vent on the nose and there’s an air scoop on the bonnet, another in a trapezoidal recess.
A carbon-fibre skirt runs along each side for the length of the wheelbase, the wheel arches filled by 20″ wheels shod with 245-section high-performance tyres.
There are, unusually, three tailpipes – the middle one highlighted bright metallic red. A rear wing is particularly striking.
Sales of the production model are expected to start in Europe in the second half of 2017.
The Type R, Honda says, will be exported around the world – including, for the first time, North Ameria.