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NSX and Type R to star for Honda. Image by Honda.

NSX and Type R to star for Honda
Honda's Geneva show line-up features NSX drivetrain and Type R concept.
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If you're a 'Hondamentalist' - like me - who has been a bit worried about the marque's less-than-scintillating product range since the S2000 bit the bullet, the company's Geneva show line-up should provide some succour: we're getting to see a concept version of the next Civic Type R, more details on the NSX's drivetrain, the livery of the 2014 Civic World Touring Car and some items from Honda's illustrious F1 history.

The Civic Type R Concept shows off the blistered arches look of what is expected to be the first turbocharged Type R, with the design team calling it a 'racing car for the road'. It definitely looks the business; here's hoping the dynamics match up to the exterior appeal. If indeed the eventual road car version ends up looking quite as wild as this.

The next-generation NSX seems to have been gestating for about three decades now, given we've had various concepts over preceding years that have hinted at Honda's new supercar. But it looks like we're getting closer to production, as the show-stand model showcases a longitudinal, direct injection, twin-turbo V6, allied to the company's three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. So, forced induction, four-wheel drive and hybrid tech - can it revive the Senna spirit of the original? We certainly hope so.

On the motorsport front, we get to see the livery of the 2014 WTCC Civic, with Honda the reigning manufacturers' champion. There will also be the first Honda F1 car on display, the RA271, which competed at the Nürburgring in the 1964 German Grand Prix, and the turbocharged RA168E engine that dominated the 1988 season in the McLarens of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost - they won 15 of 16 races between them, Senna winning the first of his three drivers' titles.

Anything else?

If you're not a performance-orientated Hondamentalist, then the Honda FCEV Concept should be more your cup of tea. This is the first European appearance of the next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, which is scheduled to launch in the US and Japan in 2015, with a European debut sometime after that.

Matt Robinson - 15 Feb 2014    - Honda road tests
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