The Honda Civic Type-R (FN2) was discontinued two years ago under the suffocating effects of tightening CO2 emissions, but with the recent launch of the 2012 Honda Civic, the Japanese manufacturer is looking to revive the Type-R nameplate.
The UK’s Autocar says the model will be announced at the Paris Motor Show and a concept could debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. A production model will follow shortly thereafter, probably within a year.
While engine specifications are not yet known, debate abounds over the next-generation model’s powerplant; whether it will be a naturally aspirated engine adding to the high-revving Honda Type-R legacy, or in a complete shift of brand ideology, a smaller, turbocharged unit.
Apart from a more powerful engine, we can expect to see larger alloy wheels, sports suspension, bigger brakes, as well as an enhanced aerodynamics package. The interior should follow Type-R tradition and feature body-hugging seats, aluminium pedals a unique set of driver’s instruments and a few other trimmings unique to the Type-R.
Little else is known about the next-gen Type-R at this stage, but with the Paris Motor Show just around the corner, we’re sure to hear more news soon and maybe even see some speculative rendering by the world’s CGI artists before long.