A few months ago, Honda gave us our first look at the next-generation Civic Type R set to be revealed next year. To keep us excited, the Japanese automaker has shared a few more photos new Type R. This time, we get to see it undergoing testing at the Suzuka Circuit as part of the vehicle development process alongside its predecessor.
The new set of photos doesn't show anything we haven't seen before. Similar to its predecessor, the next-generation Type R will be based on the new Civic Hatchback and adopt similar styling. However, expect to see a larger grille and intakes to feed air into the engine bay and add some aggression to the styling.
Though it's a bit hard to tell from the camouflage, the fenders are also wider than that of the standard Civic Hatchback, allowing Honda to fit wider wheels and tires. At the rear, there's a new spoiler design akin to a GT wing. The previous generation's signature triple-exit exhaust is also carried over to the new model. No performance details were revealed, but we can see the Type R will come with larger brakes front and rear. It also rides lower compared to its predecessor.
Honda stopped short of showing the Civic Type R's interior. If it's anything like the current model, expect it to be similar to the current Civic. The main difference would be the red sports seat similar to before. Interestingly, the prototype shown here is in left-hand drive.
There's no word yet on the powertrain. Rumors suggest it could be based on the same turbocharged 2.0-liter mill as the current Type R, but with increased power output. As before, we can expect power to be sent to the front wheels via a good ol' manual gearbox. Honda does say that it will be the “best performing” Civic Type R yet.
Honda has not announced a reveal date for the new Civic Type R, but from these photos alone, we're already excited. Hopefully, we'll also see this new hot hatchback arrive in the Philippines like before.