2013 Honda Civic Type R Spy Shots (European Spec ):
While in the U.S. the hottest Honda Civic on offer is the very capable--albeit somewhat dull--Civic Si, over in Europe they have the Civic Type R, a high-revving hot hatch with race-inspired looks, taut suspension and impeccable handling.
With the release of a brand new Civic in the European market late last year there was talk that the high-performance Type R may not return for another round.
Our latest spy shots tell a different story, revealing a pair of performance-focused Civic prototypes that are almost certain to herald a new Type R.
The prototypes were spotted at Honda’s development center just outside the Nürburgring race track in Germany.
A clear giveaway that these aren’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill Civics is the huge rear wing found on both cars. There are also some other subtle modifications including slightly wider wheel arches and a discrete bootlid spoiler.
Like the previous model, the new car should stick with a high-revving 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering more than 200 horsepower to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The focus for engineers once again will be handling, but this time around they will have to work with a five-door body rather than the smaller three-door shape that the previous generation benefited from.
We could also see Honda’s in-house tuner and motorsports partner Mugen involved with some of the development. Given Mugen’s deeper integration with Honda’s road-car program of late, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Honda offer some official, factory-installed upgrades for the Civic Type R as well as other models in the near future.
Look out for the reveal of the new Honda Civic Type R at one of the major European auto shows next year.
Civic Type-R, S2000-successor rumors from across the pond
Date: June 01, 2012 07:18
Submitted by: Jeff
Source: AutoCar, Caradisiac via TOV reader F. Oppermann
Credibility Rating: Not Specified
First up, Autocar (UK) has spy photos of a new "high performance" version of the European Civic. A basic wing crudely affixed to the hatch (of an undisguised black Civic) is the sole tipoff that this is the "high performance" version of the car. The "grassroots" nature of this fitment might lead one to believe that a "high performance" version of the Civic was never considered during the development cycle of the present model. Autocar doesn't even seem to be too sure about what is seen in their 7 exposure set of spy photos:
These spy pictures could be the first evidence that Honda is working on a new version of the revered Honda Civic Type R. Our photographers spied two test cars near Honda’s technical center at the Nürburgring, both wearing a large, unsubtle spoilers over their rear windows.
You can see all the photos and read more here:
"Next Generation S2000?"
Across the chunnel from Autocar, a French automotive blog is talking about Honda developing a successor to the S2000. The blogger claims that the source comes from Honda France, which doesn't exactly inspire too much confidence in the rumor itself. There have been rumors of a new Honda Beat or a petrol powered EvSter for a while, so this could very well be what our French friends are referring to. Our guess is that a proper S2000 successor would surely rekindle the withering flames of Honda enthusiasm, so hopefully there is an inkling of truth to this latest rumor. Sorry, this link is in French but you can read a somewhat workable machine translation via http://translate.google.com. The original post his here: http://www.caradisiac.com/Une-descen...tion-78860.htm