It was long feared that the Honda Civic Type-R was a thing of the past – its screaming naturally aspirated VTEC engine incompatible with increasingly stringent emissions regulations.
However, much to the delight of hot hatch fans everywhere, Honda has conceded defeat and announced that the Civic Type-R will return, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, in-line with its rivals from Ford and Volkswagen.
Developing 276bhp, it is suitably well endowed to battle for the record of fastest production front-wheel-drive car around the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany – something Honda has confirmed is an ambition with the new car.
To prove that the Civic Type-R is well on track (get-it?) to achieve that goal, Honda has released footage of WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini giving the camouflaged development car a shakedown on the Eifel mountain circuit, along with a series of images, both of which you can view below.
The drone of its four-cylinder motor may be a tad uninspiring, but in all other respects, the Civic Type-R looks as though it is shaping up to be a real contender in the ever-growing hot-hatch class.