Honda has been teasing us all with the “prototype” Civic Type R for what feels like an eternity. Finally, the Japanese automaker will reveal the production-spec Type R at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, which is shaping up to be packed with headline debuts.
The production version of the Civic Type R isn’t expected to deviate too much from the prototype the company has been flashing around on the show circuit. Of course, the real news here will be the car’s specification sheet more than anything.
Rumors have suggested the car will utilize Honda’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with north of 300 horsepower (latest rumor is 320 hp), but Honda has not even come close to confirming engine details. The company has confirmed that they will offer it with only a six-speed manual gearbox, but that confirmation came after rumors surfaced it would be an automatic. Honda, thankfully, ended that insanity.
The other confirmation we have on the Type R is that it will join the Civic sedan, Civic Hatchback and Civic Si in completing Honda’s comprehensive compact car lineup. What this means is that, yes, the Type R will be sold in the U.S. market as well for the 2018 model year.
Expect all the details on the Civic Type R to be released around March 7th out of Geneva.