At a time when small car sales are generally suffering, Honda has found a hit in its newly redesigned Civic. Now, it plans to kick it up a notch.
The performance concept version of the Civic, the Type R, just made its debut last week at the Paris auto show, and will make its first appearance in the U.S. next month. It comes to showrooms next year.
It will mark the first time that Honda has offered the Type R in the U.S., and it's based on the Civic Hatchback, which was also introduced in Paris.
For now, details are scant about just how hot of a performer the new car will be. The concept showed several performance details, most notably a long spoiler in back. Honda is saying, for now, "trust us."
"For the first time ever in America, Honda fans and enthusiasts will have access to the ultimate in Civic performance in the form of the new Type R," says Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda's U.S. car operation.
The Type R "H" badge is prominent on the grille and the car gets more of its sinister look comes from darkened lenses on its LED headlights. on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a also new intake on the hood with an air scoop.