2023 Civic Type R's Crazy Camo Can't Hide The New Hot Hatch

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The new Civic Type R will have more mature styling than its predecessor.

After the new Honda Civic hatchback debuted back in June, the new Civic Si will go on sale later this year with enhanced styling and performance. Sources suggest it could debut any in a few days so we were expecting it to break cover this week. Instead, Honda dropped a surprise teaser for the new range-topping Civic Type R.

Before the hot hatch gets put through its paces at the Nurburgring, our spies have caught Honda testing the same Civic Type R prototype shown in the teaser photos out on the road. It's dressed in the same colorful camouflage, but this time we get to see the new Civic Type R from more angles.

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Compared to the current Civic Type R, the rear spoiler looks less aggressive, but what we see looks very similar to what our designer created a few months ago. Overall, the styling looks more mature, but we can see some of the Civic Type R's signature design cues have been retained such as the centrally-mounted exhaust with three tailpipes. Prominent air vents dominate the front fascia along with a larger grille with a new honeycomb grille. We don't have any photos of the interior to share yet but expect the cabin to be appointed with a sports steering wheel, sports seats, and Type R badging.

Honda is keeping technical details under wraps for now, but we're expecting the new Type R to utilize an upgraded version of Honda's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine.

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In the previous Type R, this unit generates 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, but rumors suggest the output will be boosted to around 320-340 horsepower. If the rumors are right, the new Civic Type R will be more powerful than the new Volkswagen Golf R.

Unlike the AWD Golf R, the new Civic Type R will be offered in FWD only. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. We don't know the debut date yet, but Honda has confirmed the new Civic Type R will be revealed in 2022.

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