Can this damn thing just make it to the US already?
It only feels like a lifetime since Honda started saying that the Civic Type R would eventually make it to the United States. Well, we're still waiting to get an official confirmation on when that arrival will take place, if ever. We're betting it will be sooner rather than later, though, as Auto Express is saying that an all-new and more powerful Type R will debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Compared to the hot hatch available now, this new version sounds radically different. Let's see what Auto Express has learned about it.
The new Type R will have a boosted engine, pumping 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque out of its 2.0-liter turbo-four. This is a sizable upgrade over the car's current output of 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. All that added power means the car's 0-60 mph time could drop down to around 5.0 seconds and its top speed could exceed the current Type R's 168 mph. Its front-wheel-drive setup and six-speed manual will stay, so don't worry about all this power equaling a shift to AWD. So, the next question is will all that new power be accompanied by new and more extreme aero? Well…no. Auto Express has learned that the new Type R will have toned down styling. In our opinion that's a good thing as the current model just screams boy racer.
Of course Honda won't exactly scrub the new Type R totally clean from a design standpoint. Auto Express lists the "red bumper detailing, flared wheel arches and oversized air intakes" as design features that will make it to the next model. The new-look body also comes with new measurements. The next Type R will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current-gen model. Think of the all-new Civic Hatchback if you're wondering what it will look (sort of) like. After its Paris debut Honda plans to have the Type R in dealer showrooms by September 2017. Hopefully by that time the Japanese automaker gets off the fence and let's Americans know when they can get into its hottest hatch.