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Honda’s next generation Civic Type R concept model has been revealed at the Paris motor show and it’s set to go on sale worldwide next in 2017.

They’re being tight lipped about the Civic Type R’s specs, but according to Car And Driver, we can expect to see Honda’s new 306bhp 2.0-litre turbo VTEC powerplant under that bonnet, presumably with a power boost to compete against the likes of the Ford Focus RS.

Honda may also go with a front-wheel-drive setup as their current Type R’s Nürburgring Nordschleife record was beaten by the Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S. They’ll probably want to take that title back and the automaker doesn’t want to go with all-wheel drive because of the additional weight that it’ll add on.

As for the exterior, the Type R based on the Civic’s chassis that is wider than its predecessor’s which will improve grip and handling stability. A more prominent change would be the new aerodynamic package that includes carbon fiber side skirts, flared wheel arches that houses 20-inch piano black alloy wheels, 245-section high-performance tires, three exhaust outlets, and roof flanks paired with a huge increase the hot hatch’s downforce.

Type-R’s chief designer Daisuke Tsutamori told Autocar that the prototype previewed at Paris is “as close to the production car as possible”. So, we’ll probably see a slightly toned down version of this model on showroom floors in the second half of next year.

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