The wait is nearly over.
We know this has been coming for quite some time and it's nearly here. The next-generation Honda Civic Type R is expected to be fully revealed in the very near future. An exact date has not been announced but it'll happen in 2022.
Today, the automaker has released two images of the 2023 Civic Type R hot hatchback covered in camouflage. Unlike previous spy shots, these reveal a significant amount of design details and general styling. Compared to the base hatchback, the Type R will have familiar performance-related enhancements such as a lowered suspension, vented hood, and larger wheels with Brembo brakes. Look closely at the new images and you'll see that the prototype is wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber and red brake calipers.
The rear spoiler looks a bit less aggressive than that of its predecessor though it still immediately catches the eye. The triple-pipe exhaust remains center-mounted. Like the entire eleventh-generation Civic lineup, the new Type R boasts a cleaner, less edgy styling than its predecessor.
The cleaner look seems to carry over just fine to the hot hatch. Looking more closely at its front end, we can see a large air intake, a new honeycomb grille pattern, and large camo-covered vents. The interior will receive the usual Type R appointments, such as unique badging, upgraded materials, and a sports steering wheel.
No pictures of the cabin have been released for now and what's happening under the hood remains a mystery. Chances are high the next Type R will be powered by an upgraded version of the current gen's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, now rated at 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Sources indicate output will reach as high as 340 hp. Power will still go to the front wheels only through a six-speed manual transmission. There have been rumors that Honda is planning an AWD hybrid setup supposedly good for at least 400 hp. If we were waging bets, we'd go with the former powertrain.
For now, Honda says development continues of its next hot hatch and that it'll be the "best performing" Civic Type R ever. We can hardly wait.