Updated Civic Type R spotted at the ‘Ring

Published: 17 July 2018

► New Type R spotted
► Testing at Nurburgring
► Possible Type S

Our snappers have caught not one, but two iterations of the Honda Civic Type R testing at the Nurburgring – and all signs point to a possible mid-life facelift. 

The first car looks a lot like a current Type R, but features a camo’d bumper with slightly revised headlights. Incredibly, it looks like Honda is thinking of making the front of the car even busier than it was previously – which is probably going to make the hot-hatch even more divisive.

Read our Type R long-termer review

Turn the car round, and you’ll find the same styling treatment applied to the rear bumper. Once again, the Type R appears to have more angles on angles, and the overall effect is an even techier, busier design.

While some outlets suggest this could be a faster, uprated version of the Honda to match the Ford Focus RS’ all-wheel drive and higher power output, we’re not so sure. It’s possible Honda could be using a mid-life cycle facelift to boost things under the bonnet, but it could just be styling update.

And what else?

We also spotted another car, with the same camo’d bumpers, but a smaller rear-wing – and that could mark the return of the warm, more user-friendly Type S. However, since the current Type R prides itself on its overall all-rounded nature, is there still a need for the Type S, or a greater need for a even hotter Type R? We'll update this article when we know more. 

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast