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2017 Honda Civic Type R prototype to debut at SEMA

November 1, 2016

Honda has chosen the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas to drop the hotly anticipated 2017 Civic Type R, in prototype form, with a very menacing matte black coat and angry, edgy wings.

Honda Civic Type R Prototype

Based on the hatchback bodystyle that debuted at the Paris Motor Show last month, just as its predecessor, the 2.0-litre turbocharged Nurburgring record holder was also based on the hatch instead of the sedan. The new version is set to continue to be powered by an evolution of that powertrain including the six-speed manual transmission.

Honda will be gunning for the Nurburgring front-wheel drive record yet again, which is fiercely contested between Volkswagen, itself and Renault on a regular basis. The current record is held by the Golf GTI 40 Clubsport.

This time around it has carbon fibre parts including a rear diffuser and side skirts, plus 20-inch wheels shod with 245 aspect tyres. Honda is no doubt honing its newest weapon around the Nordschleife as we speak.

The prototype is being shown from November 1-4 in Las Vegas, with a production version scheduled for next year, out of Honda’s Swindon, UK plant. This is the example that Australia will finally get after missing out on the outgoing turbo model.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.