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]