Honda will showcase a large presence at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, headlined by the North American debut of the radical new Civic Type R prototype, straight from its global introduction in Paris. The Civic R Prototype offers a glimpse into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will top off the 10th generation Civic lineup when it launches next year.
Joining the Type R will be a posse of custom-built, accessorized and tuned Civic variants. This “Civicpalooza” will highlight the custom options available for the new Civic; from a new 2017 Civic Hatchback with Honda Genuine Accessories to the 600-horsepower Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross race car, fresh off its strong performance at the 2016 GRC season finale in Los Angeles.
The Civic Type R prototype’s exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.
In addition, Honda’s iconic red “H” badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character. Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires.
A beefy carbon fiber diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes. The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.
For the Civic hatchback, Honda has outfitted it with a Factory Performance accessory concept package featuring custom HFP accessories including deck lid spoiler, brake rotors, carpet floor mats and emblems. In addition, the vehicle sports red underbody spoilers, black wheel lock and wheel lugs and 19-inch HFP alloy wheels.
The Civic Coupe GRC is developed from a production-model 2016 Civic Coupe chassis by renowned builders and racers Olsbergs MSE (OMSE) with technical assistance from Honda Performance Development (HPD). The Civic Red Bull GRC car is built to withstand the rigorous demands of racing in a series that emphasizes repeated aggressive acceleration and varied terrain. The car will boast more than 600 horsepower, turn in a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds and is designed to handle the 70-foot table-top jumps featured on each racetrack. Meanwhile, the Civic Coupe Racing concept, by the same designers and engineers, is built with an FIA specification safety cage and ready to compete in domestic and international endurance sports car events.
Alongside the main Civic attractions, Honda will line up the SEGA Sonic Civic Sedan, Civic Body-In-White and Civic Coupe Tjin Edition , Civic Coupe MAD and Civic Sedan Meguiars Build (Civic X concept) just for folks at SEMA.
Honda’s SEMA footprint also will also include the new 2017 Ridgeline pickup truck outfitted with Genuine Accessories, along with three Honda Ridgeline project vehicles built in partnership with some of the most creative automotive tuning houses in the U.S.
Further demonstrating the broad range of performance products and racing activities that only Honda can boast, Honda Powersports and Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm of Honda, will showcase a number of products and tuner projects, including the Indianapolis 500 Winning Alexander Rossi Indycar, the 2017 Honda Grom, and a number of Honda Powersports SEMA projects, including expertly tuned versions of the CRF 250R, CB500F, CB 500S, CBR 1000 RR SP, CBR 600 RR Race Bike, and more…