If you’re used to viewing Honda cars as sensible family vehicles, or, perhaps, own a practical Honda Accord or a reliable Honda CR-V, the brand new iteration of Honda Civic is definitely going to take you by surprise. The latest model released by the Japanese brand is known as the Honda Civic Type R Prototype, and it’s a car no one expected Honda to design. The Type R Prototype is scheduled for a 2017 release, and while we’ve only seen the concept of the car, there is a lot to be said about it.
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Although Type R Hondas are less widespread than the models we’re used to, they are not new to the automotive market. In fact, Honda Civic Type R has been around for 20 years since 1996. The current version of the Type R Prototype is actually the sixth generation of the model. What’s different in Type R cars compared to the basic Civic model?
It’s safe to say that Type R cars outperform the Civic in nearly every regard. These high-end models provide more power, one-of-a-kind interior features, and eye-catching bodywork. That is why it’s clear that the new Type R Prototype will likely feature a front splitter, large air vents, two big rear spoilers, and significantly more aerodynamic bodywork.
While the appearance of the upgraded Civic is the big talking point among fans and critics, the performance of the vehicle is what matters the most to many buyers, and this is where the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Prototype really shines. The new Type R is expected to be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that produces 350 hp.
The engine is not as powerful as the one found in many other popular models of the year, but, together with the rest of the refined mechanics, like the improved brakes and chassis, it can deliver the performance you expect from a car like this. The car is equipped with a front-wheel drive and provides a dynamic and sporty driving experience.
While the performance features of the Honda Civic Type R are great but far from unique, the styling of the new model is what grabs your attention the moment you see the car. Everything has changed: from the lightened body to the remodeled front and back lighting. In order to evoke a sporty feel to the Type R, Honda decided to heavily feature the color red, which can be found both in the exterior and the interior of the vehicle. The 19-inch wheels and triple exhaust tips add a sporty feel to the car, while the interior will feature lots of aluminum and carbon fiber for a more high-end feel.