New Civic Type-R and Type-S (updated)
29 June 2006

Honda has released the first official pictures of the new Civic three-door, which makes its debut at next month’s British motor show, and goes on sale in January.

Pictured are the new Type-S (black car), and the Type-R concept (white car).

The Type-S has a sporty look and feel, with 17-inch alloys, stiffened, lowered suspension and a 20mm wider rear track than the five-door. Inside, it gets silver-stitched black Alcantara seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Under the bonnet sits either a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, or Honda’s 2.2-litre i-CTDi turbodiesel, both producing 138bhp.

The Type-R is still officially a concept, but expect the production car to stick very closely to this design. The Type-R will join the Civic line-up next March, running an uprated version of the old car’s high-revving 197bhp 2.0-litre powerplant.

Two specifications of both Type-S and Type-R will be offered. Both come with air conditioning, remote audio controls and curtain airbags as standard, while GT trim adds dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, retractable mirrors and automatic wipers and headlamps, plus a panoramic glass roof on the Type-S.

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