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Honda has made the announcement we've all been expecting - the Civic Type R will be revealed in production form at the Geneva Motor Show next month, packing a 2.0-litre turbo VTEC engine

Up until now, we’ve just taken it as a given that the all-new Civic Type R will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Now though, Honda has officially announced that the wraps will be pulled off the 10th-gen Civic-based hot hatch nutter at the show.

In another confirmation that’ll surprise no one, Honda also announced that the car will be packing the firm’s “latest 2.0-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine”. In other words, it’ll be an updated version of the 306bhp four-banger found in the previous car. This time around, we can expect the power output to be even higher, potentially quite close to the 345bhp offered up by the Ford Focus RS.

Having had a little poke around the cockpit of the prototype Type R at the LA Auto Show last year, it’s looking like the production car will feature three driving modes. The prototype has a comfort mode, and unnamed middle setting and a ‘+R’ mode, all of which we’re anticipating will be carried over to the car we’ll see in Geneva, along with the brilliantly mad aero.

Following the reveal, the car will go into production this summer at Honda UK’s Swindon plant. From there, it’ll be exported all over the world, and yes, that includes North America.

It’ll be revealed in Geneva on 7 March at 11.30 at Honda’s show stand.

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