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New Honda Civic Type R teased ahead of 2022 debut

Published Dec 14, 2021


Suzuka, Japan - The next-generation Honda Civic Type R will make its debut in 2022, the Japanese carmaker has confirmed, and tiding us over until then is a new set of teaser images that show the hot hatch undergoing final testing at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.

Honda is still remaining tight-lipped about the technical specifics, but a company spokesperson did reveal earlier this year that the new Type R would be a manual only affair. That could prove something of a controversial move, given how buyers are increasingly gravitating towards auto and dual-clutch gearboxes in this segment, but clearly Honda is catering purely for the purists here and that probably bodes well for the rest of the dynamic package.

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Beneath the bonnet, it is widely expected that the new Honda Civic Type R will come with an uprated version of the current 2.0-litre turbopetrol mill, which produces 228kW and 400Nm, and as before it’s likely to remain a front-wheel drive product despite previous rumours of an AWD version.

The new model could be a bit more powerful though, as Honda’s latest teaser campaign describes it as the “best-performing Honda Civic Type R ever”.

What we do know about the new performance hatch is that its exterior styling will be as aggressive as ever, with the teaser images clearly showing a large ‘ironing board’ type wing, triple exhaust outlets and huge black alloy wheels.

Final testing is currently taking place at the Suzuka Circuit, which has been something of a mecca for Honda’s car development programmes from as far back as the 1960s.

“The 5.8 km Suzuka Circuit is renowned for its high-speed chicanes and challenging corners, with a distinctive ‘figure eight’ layout that includes a long 1.2 km back straight, which passes over an earlier section of the circuit just after Turn 9,” Honda said.

“Widely regarded as a highlight of the Formula 1 calendar, Suzuka has been an important testbed for developing performance Honda vehicles and engines since 1962.”

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