All-New Honda Civic Type R Prototype Debuts In Tokyo

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Honda has also released two new videos.

What Honda has been teasing since October is finally happening. Presenting the all-new Honda Civic Type R, making its first live appearance at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon. However, the prototype still wears a "special camouflage designed exclusively for the Type R." But no matter, it's not a heavy camo wrap as many of the new hot hatches details are mostly visible.

Honda has also released two new videos of the Type R in action at Japan's Suzuka Circuit as part of its development and test driving. An official, camouflage-free reveal will happen later this year though an exact date has not been announced. What we know for certain is that it will be sold in the US.

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In all likelihood, power will come from an upgraded version of the outgoing model's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It currently produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power, once again, will be channeled to the front wheels only via a six-speed manual transmission. Those looking for an all-wheel drive hot hatch should check out the VW Golf R and the also upcoming Toyota GR Corolla.

Honda promises the new Type R will be the best performing generation to date. That should come as absolutely no surprise. What we're really looking forward to seeing is another Nurburgring lap record attempt. The just-discontinued Type R set a FWD 'Ring lap record time of 7:43.8 back in 2017.

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Honda has already confirmed it's heading back to the Green Hell once again. The new model should improve basic performance specs. The 2021 Type Limited Edition, priced from $44,950, can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds at 108 mph, and a claimed top speed of 169 mph. The 2023 Type R will also be a formidable foe to the excellent Hyundai Veloster N. When equipped with the six-speed, it'll sprint to 60 in 5.1 seconds and do the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 102 mph.

Honda no doubt wants to retain its FWD hot hatch crown and today's prototype live reveal is only the beginning of what'll be a wild ride.

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