Conforming very much to the concept shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit two months ago, the only difference being an extreme bodykit and triple exhaust outlets, the biggest change resides up front with the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine now producing 235 kW instead of the previous 228 kW.
Although torque has been kept at 400 N.m, the standard issue six-speed manual gearbox now boasts a rev-function that blips shifts with each downchange. In addition, the front suspension geometry has been tweaked to minimise torque steer, while a new independent multi-link configuration is employed at the back.
As well as being stiffer than the previous model, by 38%, the Type R also features a new drive mode selector with three settings; Comfort, Sport and +R which allows adjustments to the ride, throttle response and gear changes.
To be build alongside the regular Civic at Honda's UK plant in Swindon, expect the Type R to make its local debut towards the end of 2017 or early next year.