First glimpses of Civic Type-R ahead of official debut?

First glimpses of Civic Type-R ahead of official debut?

Leaked images appear to show the all-new Honda Civic Type-R in all its (slightly pixelated) glory ahead of official Geneva debut. 

American Honda fans have been eagerly waiting to catch sight of the 2018 Honda Civic Type-R that will grace their shores. And now, thanks to some images that have been leaked ahead of the car’s official debut, they have a better idea of what to expect.

The good news is that the images – if they turn out to be accurate – show a production car that is every bit as wild as the concept version which debuted in September 2016.

In February, Honda indicated that the all-new Type-R would be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, which starts on March 9. But it’s a few days before the event and we already know what to expect.

Right now, the only firm specifications we know are that the Civic will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and a manual transmission. The optimists among us would like to think that the latest iteration improves on the current model’s 306-horsepower – perhaps a 10% boost isn’t unrealistic?

It’s likely the Type-R will also retain its front-wheel drive setup too and not adopt an all-wheel drive powertrain to rival the Ford Focus RS.

The two leaked images – in true leaked image style – are deliberately pixelated, but that doesn’t detract too much from the overall quality and we can clearly see how menacing the Type-R is (hopefully) going to be.

Our only fear is that the images have been manipulated by some design whizz and deliberately released to get people’s hopes up. Autocar seems to have picked up on the images first, but, unfortunately, there’s no clue as to where they came from, which makes verifying their authenticity very difficult.

Honda has also remained tight-lipped since the images were revealed; probably choosing to just wait until the Geneva debut to reveal all. The extra hype now ahead of the event definitely isn’t a bad thing, after all…

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