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Honda's forthcoming red-hot hatch, the Civic Type-R, won't appear in showrooms until next spring - but whatcar.com has been given some exclusive details of the car.
We interviewed the Type-R's project leader, Mikio Suzuki, at the British International Motor Show in London. Here's what he said:
When will we see new Civic Type-R?
We should see the car at the Paris Motor Show this autumn. UK sales start in spring 2007.
How will the production car differ from the concept car pictured?
This gives a definite flavour of what to expect. The new Civic three-door's design has a sporty, kicked-up window line and we're likely to use the concept's alloy wheel design, although they will be smaller than 20 inches.
Describe the main difference over the old Civic Type-R.
The aerodynamic package and spoilers look like they are more integrated into the design now. We wanted to design a car that looks like it's ready to get going.
What engine will the Type-R have?
We're sticking with the same 2.0-litre VTEC engine and gearbox, although they will be significantly modified. We want to retain the performance.
So how quick will it be?
The three-door bodyshell is lighter - and this helps performance. I can't reveal performance figures yet, but the old car did 0-60mph in 6.6sec.
What about inside?
You can expect some different colours and materials compared with the regular Civic. The red instrument dials on the old car won't be lost.
Will there be an even sportier version Type-RR Civic super-hatch?
They are rumours at this stage. I am not in a position to say if there will be a Type-RR!
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