Hot of the heels of the launch of Honda’s 2017 Civic Hatchback, the Civic Type R’s prototype debuted today at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Based on the low and wide proportion of the aforementioned Civic Hatchback, the Civic Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance, while the exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective brushed aluminum-effect finish. At the front, the fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line.

Honda’s iconic red “H” badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits on the front grille at the nose of the car. There’s also a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally. In addition, smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights further reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.

“We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we’re delivering on that promise with each new Civic,” said Jeff Conrad, the senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co.

The Civic Type R will be making its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from November 1 to November 4.

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