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Honda Civic Type R Debuts in Paris, Looks Pretty Awesome

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Honda Civic Type R Prototype debuts at 2016 Paris Motor Show

The world just got its first look at the next-generation Honda Civic Type R, which will be the company’s first truly global Type R (and yes, anxious Americans, “global” includes us).

The new Civic Type R prototype debuted at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, offering a preview of what the production model will look like when it’s finally introduced in 2017. With a body based on the recently released Civic Hatchback, and a sinister-looking black brushed-aluminum wrap, it sort of looks like the previous-generation Type R’s evil twin.

And just to be clear, I mean that as a compliment.

Honda Civic Type R Prototype debuts at 2016 Paris Motor Show

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Honda says the wrap is unique to the prototype, but it’s reasonable to expect most of the other design elements at play here to reappear in the production model. So fans of big rear wings, hood scoops, and triple-exhaust tips should start saving their money now.

Honda Civic Type R Prototype debuts at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Honda is not saying anything about the Civic Type R’s performance capabilities yet, but it’s expected to feature an even more powerful version of the current model’s turbo 2.0-liter engine. Some rumors are even suggesting as much as 340 horsepower, though we’ll see about that.

Honda Civic Type R Prototype debuts at 2016 Paris Motor Show

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This prototype will make its American debut in November at the 2016 SEMA Show. The production model will launch next year, as will the Civic Si. Both models will join the rest of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, which currently includes the Civic Sedan, Coupe, and Hatchback.

“We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we’re delivering on that promise with each new Civic,” said Honda executive Jeff Conrad. “For the first time ever in America, Honda fans and enthusiasts will have access to the ultimate in Civic performance in the form of the new Type R.”

We sure will. While we’re waiting, though, now is a good time to go ahead and drool over these photos:

Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.