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Honda Civic Type R Prototype’s North American debut at 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas


The next-generation Honda Civic Type R Prototype will be making its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas just days after it was shown off at the 2016 Paris auto show.

The radical new Civic Type R, with its sporty and sleek hatchback design and track-ready performance, will be flaunted during November 1 to 4 marking the arrival of the first-ever Honda-badged Type R in the U.S, the company said in a press note.

Honda says that the Civic Type R Prototype is like a window to what the next-generation Civic Type R will look like, which is all set for an official unveil in 2017. Honda says that they are fulfilling their promise of delivering the sportiest Civic lineup ever and the Type R will be a great addition to the already launched 10th Generation Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic Hatchback and the to be released Civic Si variants.

The new Honda Civic Type R Prototype is based on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback and has been given a rather muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

The iconic red “H” badge sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car, which is a unique thing about all the Type R models. There is a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.

Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills with a beefy carbon fiber diffuser running below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes. The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.

The next generation Civic Type R was developed by the joint efforts of Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be officially unveiled in production form next year. The 2017 Civic Type R will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon, the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback.