But there's a catch.
It's no secret; the next-generation 2023 Honda Civic Type R is almost here. Honda recently released the 11th generation Civic that will underpin the upcoming Type R, and we've seen numerous spy shots of the car undergoing development testing. Honda even put out some teaser images showing how the outgoing Type R was used to benchmark the new one. We had a feeling the Civic Type R would debut in the coming weeks, and now Honda has provided us with the exact day. Well, sort of.
The all-new Honda Civic Type R will make its first public appearance (albeit in prototype form) from January 14 to 16, 2022 at the Tokyo Auto Salon. That's awesome news, but there's a catch. Honda says the Type R will still wear "a special camouflage," like the one pictured below.
The Tokyo Auto Salon is the first chance for Honda enthusiasts to see the new Type R up close, though we'd be more excited if Honda planned to reveal it without any camouflage. While the wrap hides a few finer details, we can pretty much tell what the new Type R will look like at this point. Teasing it over and over before the official reveal only makes the wait seem longer and ruins the big moment when the cover is pulled.
If you do make it to Tokyo to see the car in-person, Honda will also debut a new "action-packed" test-driving video that goes behind the scenes with the engineers.
Honda says, "the best performing Civic Type R ever will be officially unveiled next year," but doesn't provide an exact date in 2022. Looks like we'll have to keep waiting a bit longer.
We expect the new Type R to use an upgraded version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the previous generation producing more than 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Like the outgoing car, power will be sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.