Honda has just launched their all-new Civic packing a 180 hp 1.5-liter turbo, Euro-inspired styling and a 6-speed manual, and not surprisingly they’re getting positive reviews.
But it’s the flagship Civic Type R version due in showrooms around next spring that sports car fans are hanging out for. As a former record lap holder for front-wheel drive cars at Germany’s legendary Nurburgring (now held by the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R), the Type R is one of the best handling cars on the planet, and packs a hefty punch.
So what do we have to look forward to from the new car? Based on the all-new Civic that you see here, the new Type R will employ sleeker lines, aggressive flared fenders, as well as highly effective aero parts including a carbon fiber spoiler and rear wing. No, it definitely won’t be as visually extreme as the current model, but we think that’s a step in the right direction.
As far as the powertrain goes however, the details are still a little hazy. We can say that it will be more powerful than the outgoing 2.0-liter turbocharged model that produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. In contrast, the new version will pump out more power, thanks to reworked mapping and exhaust system modifications.
However, unlike the outgoing model, the new Type R is also rumored to incorporate some form of electrification, most probably in the form of a hybrid addition. Honda has confirmed however that its most powerful Civic will still get a 6-speed manual transmission, with an optional dual-clutch automatic to rival the Hyundai Veloster N.
In the Japanese press, a possible 4WD upgrade was briefly mentioned, but if this is employed, it won’t happen until the next iteration to come well after 2025.
Sitting on an evolution of the current chassis, the new Type R will probably inherit the dual-axis strut suspension that works on the current model to overcome torque steer so well.
The interior, like the toned-down exterior, will feature more minimalist design cues than the outgoing model like red accents and stitching on the dash, steering wheel and gear shifter. These touch-ups are all part of a concerted move to make the Type R more mature in outlook, and shift away from its boy racer image.
Expect the Type R to land in showrooms in early 2022 wearing a price tag of around $40,000.