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Spyshots: 2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US

This has to be the most exciting test mule ever to wear the Honda badge, even taking the NSX into consideration. You see, this is a prototype for the Civic Type R sedan that should arrive right after the next-gen compact, bringing over 300 hp of track terror.
2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US 13 photos
2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US2017 Civic Type R Sedan Spied with Ferrari-Like Exhaust in the US
The car seen for the first time gives new meaning to the word "mule". The front has a few parts from the Acura ILX, while the back shows the tall taillights of the European Civic hatchback.

But the most interesting piece of all is the exhaust system. It sits in the middle of the car and is made up of three round pipes, which remind us of the outgoing Ferrari 458 Italia. The two pipes on the side are larger, so we don't think Honda will get sued by the Prancing Horse.

Of course, the Civic Type R will only have half the number of cylinders compared to the Ferrari. A single turbocharger will help the 2-liter VTEC deliver over 300 horsepower. For any owner of a current Si model, that's like an intangible dream.

Wider tracks, superior brakes and maybe even adaptive suspension will be installed on this hot machine. Sadly for Honda, there's no shortage of competitors for its contender, as Ford's Focus ST and the Golf R have been available in the US for several years.

As for styling, we only need to look at the 2016 Civic Concept that Honda presented a few months ago. It offered LED headlights and the most aggressive array of wings and skirts you'll see this side of a race car.

The Type R is not the only Civic model that will have a turbocharged engine. The regular 2- and 5-door models will come with a new 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo offering the same output as a 2-liter while drinking less fuel.

 

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