Honda Motor Europe Ltd. will unveil the performance variant of its Civic compact car, the new Civic Type R, at the Paris auto show next week.

Powered by the same 2.0L 4-cyl. engine as the previous Civic Type R, Honda says it has improved responsiveness with a new balancer shaft and drive-by-wire throttle. The new model offers maximum horsepower of 198 reached at 8,000 rpm vs. 197 hp at 7,400 in the outgoing model.

Honda says the Civic Type R retains its 0-62 mph time of 6.6 seconds and top speed of 146 mph.

Slightly lower gearing makes up for a small increase in curb weight, Honda says.

The 3-door Civic Type R rides on the same platform as Honda’s 5-door sporty Civic and 3-door Type S, and, with the exception of a rear track that is 0.8 ins. (20 mm) wider, has the same damper, bush and spring characteristics, Honda says.

The auto maker beefed up the Type R’s body by strengthening the floor cross-member, located ahead of the car’s central fuel tank, and adding extra muscle around the upper front suspension mountings. By placing the Civic Type R’s lower cross-member before the engine bay, greater rigidity is added, Honda says.

Honda lowered the Civic Type R by 0.6 ins. (15 mm) compared with the 5-door and Type S Civic models for an aggressive appearance. Also promoting attitude are standard 7-spoke 18-in. alloy wheels, a deep front spoiler with a larger air intake, and a color-keyed rear tailgate spoiler that is functional, providing added down force while dividing the tailgate’s glass. The Civic 5-door and Type S models have a raised glass profile.

Inside the Civic Type R, Honda uses stainless steel door sill inserts and front bucket seats with large black Alcantara bolsters with red stitching and red fabric seat cushions and backs.

Red is used again to illuminate the dials and as stitching on the black perforated leather steering wheel and gear shift knob.

A fully equipped Civic Type R includes side curtain airbags, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers and dual zone air conditioning. Optional is a voice-controlled navigation system.

Honda also will offer a stripped Type R, which lacks an audio system, rear load cover, engine under cover and has reduced noise insulation that lessens the car’s weight by 88 lbs. (40 kg).

The Civic Type R will go on sale next year in Europe. Like other Civic models sold in Europe, the vehicle will be built at Honda’s Swindon, U.K., manufacturing plant.