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Perhaps figuring that they'd need a very dark sheet indeed to conceal the searing yellow paint on their latest Civic Type-R Concept, some Honda press images have apparently snuck out in advance of the car's debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

While officially just a concept, the hot hatch is likely a sincere indicator of the 2007 CTR, which (as ever) isn't slated for U.S. consumption. The showcar is allegedly powered by the same 197-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that motivates the current Type-R, though it isn't known for sure whether the production version will be a carryover piece as well.

In light of the escalating small arms race taking place among hot hatches around the globe, it would be rather surprising if Honda failed to make any major improvements to the CTR's power supply. That said, if this word is indeed accurate, consider it more grist for the rumor mill clamoring about an even hotter Civic Type-RR.

Honda of Europe President and CEO Takeo Fukui will introduce the car with a little help from Jenson Button, one of Honda's most popular Formula One drivers.

[Source: Eurocarblog.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      That Subaru reminds me of the little Toyota electric car http://electriccarsmagazine.com/electric-car-history/toyota-e-com/
      • 9 Years Ago
      Civic del Sol = 2 passenger. But course, that was a roadster.

      The dinner roll styling's going to only attract the "Fast and the Furious" crowd. I'm their target demographic, and I find it fugly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      As a North American I can only hope that Honda will this time around have enough sense to bring the car stateside. The thought of having an RR gets me even more excited. I hate how most american cars always have to come with so many bells and whistles. I am a purist, and would for once appreciate a road machine similiar to the EVO RS with only the most minimal creature comforts/vehicle weight and all of the performance.
      • 9 Years Ago
      amen #20. honda had a worldd class 2seater in the crx's. i had 3 of them (84hf,86crx,88crxsi)i commuted 175 miles a day 5-7 days a week on the 405 fwy in los angeles. the cars had only one problem over the 8 years and honda paid the total cost of the 88 sis' igniter including towing. they all got over 40 miles to the gallon. the were replaced with the del sol,IMHO a piece of junk. so bring it back hondda and put the arabs out of bidness!!!!!!!!!!! fyi the si had 275,000 miles the other 2 had over 150,000 each
      • 9 Years Ago
      Thanks, #10 - I hadn't realized that. And to answer my earlier question, the Euro Civic is actually a touch wider than the North American version:

      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey that car is hideous. Right? Thought so.
      • 9 Years Ago
      A friend at work bought a bright yellow Subaru a few years ago. I told him he should call it the "Screaming Yellow Zonker"!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think it looks great! Hopefully I'll see a few of them on Irish roads, but they're rare enough, if that is any appeasement for the US fans of the car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      wow... I've never been a fan of the civic...thank you Honda for strenghtening my belief of it...
      • 9 Years Ago
      197hp 4cyl eggshell with room for one, maybe two.

      You can keep this yellow lemon.
      • 9 Years Ago
      what alot of you seem to not notice is that this car is NOT intended for north americans...its based off the european civic and thats where it will be sold...where hatchbacks are everywhere
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks exactly like the UK Civic.
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