The Euro Civic Type-R has officially been let of out its cage, and its non-turbocharged (that’s refreshing) 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC engine generates about 197 horsepower of front-tire shredding fun. Alberto says it looks even better in person, and even though the Type R being shown in Geneva is technically a concept we expect the production version to be very similar.

Live shots, press shots and Honda’s rather uninspired press release after the jump.

CIVIC TYPE R CONCEPT

Dynamic styling, exciting performance

Over 35,000 customers have been thrilled by the current Civic Type R – far more than originally forecast. A ‘CTR’ fan base has developed, and now enthusiasts from the UK, mainland Europe and Japan enjoy the raw, involving and exhilarating ‘super hatch’ Type R experience.

But while the previous model is a tough act to follow, the credentials of the Civic Type R Concept suggest the new 2007 car will attract a whole new wave of enthusiasts.

Bold and emotional styling is teamed with further development of the current Type R’s race-proven, high-revving DOHC i-VTEC engine.

200PS is delivered from the 2.0 litre motor without resorting to a turbocharger – part of what defines the current CTR and a feature that will equally define the character of its spiritual successor.
The promise is of a performance hatchback that will be as exciting to drive as it will be to look at when it goes on sale at the beginning of 2007.

A new 3-door version of the Civic, which shares DNA with this Type R Concept model, will go on sale in Europe later this year. It makes use of many of the styling themes that have brought such wide praise for the recently introduced Civic 5-door.

Civic Type R and the rest of the Civic 3-door range, will be exclusively built alongside the Civic 5-door range at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon.

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