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2018 Honda Civic Type R Spy Shots: FWD, 350HP, 6-Speed MT Confirmed?

By Angelie Cagay , Oct 16, 2016 05:28 PM EDT
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After the Honda Civic Type R's released 'prototype' cover, all eyes were on the vehicle when it was displayed at the Paris Motor Show. We have seen the prototypes of the 2018 Honda Civic Type R and now we get closer and closer to seeing it live as it was spotted running a lap in the Nurburgring track.

Soon after the release 2015 Civic Type R, the model set a production car lap record around the Nurburgring for a front-wheel drive vehicle with a blistering 7:50 lap. Since then, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S has gone on to claim the record after lapping the famous circuit in just seven minutes and 49 seconds, according to CarScoops.

According to the reports released by Motor Authority, the latest prototype sports an aggressive body kit and the same three-pipe exhaust design shown on the Paris concept. The wheels measure 19 inches across and inside each of these sits a Brembo brake caliper.

Consumers, however, should expect the final version to come with four-piston calipers and 13.7-inch discs at the front. Details of the new model's performance have not been disclosed yet, though the spy video shows that the car appears to be faster and far more powerful than its predecessor.

Speculations are high that the 2018 Honda Civic Type R's power would come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC four-cylinder engine, which will be elevated from the existing 306 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque to about 350 hp. Without concrete details, however, such rumors should be taken with a grain of salt.

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