The European version of the new-generation Honda Civic made its debut last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And today, just a few months after, our spy photographers have proof that Honda is preparing a a Type R version of the new Civic, as the caught a mule of the upcoming car near Honda’s technical center.
The first obvious differences are on the exterior. The mule features a big rear wing fitted over the rear window, bigger exhaust pipes and a deeper front spoiler that might indicate that this is just the first mule for the Civic Type R testing the chassis settings. The production version will also get a deep front spoiler, a new rear bumper with diffuser, wider and bigger wheels and sportier seats.
The next Civic Type R is said to be focused on track orientated customers. This means that Honda will focus on improving the chassis and the car’s handling, while the high-revving engine will probably deliver over 280 PS (276 horsepower).
Updated 09/11/2013: During its press conference at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda offered the first official details on the Civic Type R set to be put on sale in 2015. According to the first details, the future Civic Type R will be powered by a direct-injected, turbocharged 2-liter engine that will deliver "at least 280 PS." While the official launch date is still far away, Honda unveiled a first video featuring the next Type R in action on Nurburgring.
Updated 11/19/2013: Honda has revealed the 2015 Civic Type R testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. You can see the images after the jump.