- honda has shared the first official photos of the next-generation civic type r.
- the new model will arrive in 2022 and is based on the eleventh-generation civic hatchback.
- it has similar add-ons as the current model but looks more attractive to our eye due to the new civic's less tortured lines.
update 12/23/21, 8:00 p.m.: honda announced it will display its uniquely camouflaged next-gen civic type r prototype at the tokyo auto salon in mid-january. the reveal will also include a new video of the vehicle undergoing development. we presume it will include footage of the vehicle undergoing testing at the suzuka circuit in japan.
we have our first official glimpse of the new civic type r courtesy of these photos honda shared of a prototype model covered in a bit of camouflage. it's a pretty revealing look at the latest hot hatchback, which looks far better than its predecessor but maintains its aggressive stance with a body kit, a big wing on the back, and a serious wheel and tire package.
again based on the civic's four-door hatchback body style, we can see that the new type r is wearing michelin pilot sport 4s summer tires wrapped around some nice-looking ten-spoke black wheels. red brembo brake calipers are visible, too. a big rear wing and three exhaust tips dominate the rear view.
honda isn't sharing many technical details at this point, but we expect the new model to use the same turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as the outgoing car, likely tuned to produce a bit more than the current 306 hp and 295 pound-feet. honda has already confirmed that a six-speed manual transmission will be offered, although an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission may join the lineup.
more details should be coming soon, as honda says that the type r will be revealed in full sometime next year. it'll go on sale in the u.s. later in 2022, likely with a starting price just under $40,000.