This is the first time spies in Germany have spotted the new Civic Type R prototype testing at the Nürburgring.
As ever we expect aggressive looks complemented by plenty of air intakes, spoilers and wings.
The prototype was shod with performance tyres wrapped over bigger wheels, hiding red brake callipers. The new front bumper is different from the base model and blends into the beefier wheel arches to fit a wider track.
At the back there are quad exhaust pipes (seems a bit over-the-top for a four-banger…) singing the song of a turbocharged engine — yes the Type R is finally taking the force-fed route, but that doesn’t mean high-revving shenanigans are totally off the priority list.
There’s no confirmation whether Honda’s all-new motor is a 1.6-litre or a 2.0-litre unit, but it’s safe to assume up to 250bhp, and beyond that when the inevitable Mugen version rolls out — Honda will be gunning for the 8:07.97 front-wheel drive ’Ring record set by the Mégane RS Trophy with that one.
It could appear at the Frankfurt show next month, otherwise the Tokyo show is around the corner, with a sales date for the Type R imminent later in 2014.