Radical proto Civic R on stage for 2017 Paris show

  • Civic Type R Prototype at 2016 Paris auto show
  • Fat bumpers, dramatic rear wing
  • Special ‘brushed aluminium’ eye-catching finish
CIVIC R AT PARIS: Image: Newspress/Honda
CIVIC R AT PARIS: There’ll be more information and images in due course, but Honda has announced that its high-performance 2017 Civic Type R will  be on its stand at the 2016 Paris auto show. Image: Newspress/Honda

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.

CIVIC R AT PARIS: Image: Newspress/Honda
RADICAL CHANGES UP FRONT: Touches of colour, new air intakes and a bolder Honda badge for the next Civic Type R. Image: Newspress/Honda

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.

THREE EXHAUSTS

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.

READ MORE Honda Civic features on Carman’s Corner.

CIVIC R AT PARIS: Image: Newspress/Honda
TRIPLE EXHAUSTS: Not something you see every day and with varying diameters but Honda says they are each functional on the 2017 Civic Type R. Image: Newspress/Honda
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