Honda is trying to make the best, better.
Honda recently revealed that the next-generation Civic Type R development is going smoothly. The all-new Type R is currently being put through its paces at Japan's famous Suzuka Circuit.
Honda is taking the development of this car extremely seriously. In addition to the development at Suzuka, the Type R has been spotted on the street doing mundane things. It also made an appearance at the Nurburgring and Nardo. It seems a lot more thought has gone into this hot hatch than the Acura Integra.
Unfortunately, the images don't reveal much that we don't already know. It is interesting that Honda is using the outgoing Type R as the benchmark. Its presence at Suzuki speaks volumes.
The design is not as controversial as the current vehicle, but it does have some nice touches. The car is obviously lowered and has the obligatory ostentatious rear wing. It also has red brake calipers and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.
Honda will undoubtedly give the interior the same sporty treatment, including a red badge, red trim, and red seats. As long as Honda retains the metal shifter, we'll be happy.
As for the engine, Honda will likely stick with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In the current car, it produces 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That power output would be acceptable, but it needs to be more potent for marketing reasons.
We've seen reports suggesting the power output will be as high as 340 hp, which is a lot to put through the front wheels only. But if anyone can make it work, it's Honda. There have also been rumors suggesting an AWD hybrid setup, but we doubt Honda will move that far away from a recipe that has worked so beautifully.
To date, Honda has only said that the new car will be the best performing Civic Type R ever, which is a significant statement. The current car is widely regarded as the best hot hatch currently on sale, so Honda has to bring it to win it.
Given the amount of track time this car has seen, the chances are high it will beat its predecessor.