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Honda Civic Type R prototype

We've driven the sedan, we've seen the hatch, and now it looks like Honda has saved the best for last. The Japanese carmaker has unveiled the all-new Civic Type R prototype a couple of days ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and frankly, it looks awesome. Guys, we might have to reassess our #cargoals for this one.

The prototype of Civic's track-ready performance-oriented sibling maintains the standard model's low stance, but has had its muscular body styling taken up a notch. The front-end features a winged carbon fiber splitter, extra slated ducts, and diamond-mesh inserts which complement its air intakes. Carbon fiber side skirts with red accents run toward the rear, where a carbon fiber diffuser and three functioning tailpipes cap things off. Oh, and don't even get us started with the wing. Word of the day? Carbon. Carbon everywhere.

Other things of note: the vehicle's LED headlights, taillights and indicators receive the smoked lens treatment, model-exclusive 'vortex generators' sit on the back of the roof, and it runs on beautiful 20-inch Piano Black alloys with red accents covered by high-performance tires. Of course, the company's iconic H badge in red is fitted onto the front-grille and rear-end. All in all, we like.

Honda America general manager Jeff Conrad says the upcoming Type R will be the ultimate in Civic performance. "We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we're delivering on that promise with each new Civic," he said in a statement. We couldn't agree more.

As of now, the company has yet to reveal any of the vehicle's specs, though we can definitely expect them to match its looks. More images of the prototype will come out when it makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show, and the final product will be unveiled in 2017. For now, you can check out the photos below. Is this the sportiest-looking Type R ever?

Honda Civic Type R prototype

Honda Civic Type R prototype

Honda Civic Type R prototype

Honda Civic Type R prototype

Honda Civic Type R prototype

Honda Civic Type R prototype

 

Drei Laurel
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Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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