Automotive enthusiasts often put their favorite cars on pedestals, and the Honda Civic Type R is no different. Perhaps that's because until now, it's been a Europe-only model, which always had slightly different styling than its American counterpart. Now, the jig is up. Since the tenth-generation Civic became a global product, so has the Type R. Recently, it was unveiled for all to see.

The 2017 Civic Type R debuted in production form in Geneva this month, and looks similar to the new hatchback save for a few key differences. First of all, LED headlights are standard fair, and the air intakes on the front fenders and hood—not to mention the giant wing spoiler in back—are dead giveaways to this car's mission. But the real story lies under the hood.

Honda has been introducing new powertrains left and right, and the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four unit (which officially has a much longer name) is one of them. Making 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, it comes mated to a six-speed manual, with peak torque kicking in at around 2,500 rpm. That means this little hot hatch is going to be a blast to jump off the line with.

To learn more about the Type R—which will arrive in showrooms later this spring—contact our local Honda dealership in Midlothian, VA. We'd be more than happy to let you test drive it when it arrives.

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