The Honda Civic Type R Prototype Makes its U.S. Debut at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show

November 18th, 2016 by

2017 Type RWhile Honda had a huge presence at the 2016 SEMA auto show with a number of vehicles, it was the Civic Type R prototype that stole the show and made headlines. This radical prototype looked production ready and had many enviable features that we wish were already available on the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback. Keep reading to find out more about all of the exciting features presented on the Civic Type R prototype.

Design Elements

The hot hatchback prototype clearly drew a lot of attention while on display at SEMA because of its eye-catching winged carbon-fiber splitter and bulked out fenders. Additional design elements that scream racecar include fat 245-section performance tires on 20-inch black-alloy wheels. Red accents abound, including a red background for the big Honda “H” badges. Other enticing features that stood out included a triple exhaust at the center of a carbon-fiber rear diffuser that was also trimmed in red.


While the current 2017 Honda Civic is available with either a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or a 1.5L Turbo, the Civic Type R prototype is expected to have a more powerful single engine option – although no details were revealed at SEMA. Industry experts are speculating that the new Type R could have a powertrain capable of over 306-hp and up to 340 lb.-ft. of torque, based on other available models. It’s likely it will offer a manual transmission for maximum control and capability.

Hear the Latest on the Civic Type R at Underriner Honda

Our team is kept up to date on all the latest information surrounding the Civic Type R, so come in to speak to one of our staff to find out more. Billings and Lockwood customers can also test out the 2017 Civic and Civic Hatchback while they’re visiting to get a feel of what the Type R will be like.

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