Next Honda Civic Type R: hot hatch goes testing

Published: 02 August 2021

 Here’s the next Type R
 Based on the more conventional-looking, new Civic
 But still aggressive 

You’re looking at the next Honda Civic Type R, snapped testing in south Europe before being unveiled in the next few months. Our spy shots show the hot hatch under several layers of camouflage, but it’s still possible to see those familiar Type R traits underneath. 

As with the previous gen car, the new Civic Type R uses the new hatch rather than the sedan as a starting point, and then adds on the performance icing. This Civic sits lower, and it’s also possible to make out beefier Brembo stoppers and a wider, more aggressive body. 

At the rear, the next Type R sports a wing that’s every bit as overt as you’d have hoped, and it’s complimented by a triple exhaust – now a hallmark of Honda’s Type R badge. 

How fast will it be?

We’re expecting Honda to stick with a familiar 4-cylinder, turbocharged powerplant, though now it’s expected to put out something closer to 330bhp –  a touch more than the 316bhp the current gen has. Fans of manual gearboxes will be pleased to know it’ll feed into another six-speed manual ‘box.  

We’ll update this article when we know more.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast