All-new Honda Civic Type R doing test runs in Japan’s Suzuka Circuit

Updated Dec 13, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The development of the next-gen Civic Type R continues.

It is no longer a secret that Honda will soon introduce the all-new Civic Type R. The Japanese automaker recently took the new hot hatch to the famous Nürburgring in a red camouflage, teasing its new design cues that are similar to the all-new Honda Civic.

Honda Civic Type R at Suzuki Circuit

Honda Civic Type R in red at the Suzuka Circuit

This time, the new Honda Civic Type R was brought to its home race track, the world-famous Suzuka Circuit. It was spotted doing test runs at the 5.8-km racing course where its performance capabilities were witnessed. Honda claims that the upcoming model will be the best performing Civic Type R ever.

But just like at Nürburgring, the hot hatch was still covered in red camouflage at Suzuka Circuit. The only visible features are the headlights similar to the 11th-gen Civic, blacked-out multi-spoke wheels with red Brembo brake calipers which add sportiness, a rear spoiler, triple exhaust setup, and C-shaped rear taillights.

Honda Civic Type R camouflage front view

The new hot hatch is in the works

Honda has been mum when it comes to what we can expect for the powertrain. Some reports suggest that the current powertrain will be improved. This means that the all-new Civic Type R could still be powered by the same but tweaked 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC engine that sends power to the front wheels. Additionally, a manual transmission is reportedly the sole gearbox option.

Only time can tell what Honda intends to achieve for its hot hatch model. With an improved powertrain, one can expect that the upcoming version could potentially best the impressive lap record the outgoing Honda Civic Type R achieved at the Suzuka Circuit. It was hailed as the fastest front-wheel-drive (FWD) ever to run on the Japanese race track.

Honda Civic Type R side view

It won't be long before this uncovers

The all-new Honda Civic Type R will make its global debut in 2022. Following the 11th-gen Civic’s new design, the upcoming hot hatch could sport a more mature look as compared to the outgoing model’s aggressive-looking appearance.

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Know more about Honda Civic Type R 2023

Honda Civic Type R

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R is a high-performance, compact, five-seater, front-wheel-drive liftback. In the Philippine market, it carries a standard retail price of Php 3,880,000.  

Under the hood of the Civic Type R is a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline turbocharged engine that can make up to 316 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching. 

Size-wise, the latest version of the Civic Type R is 4,593mm long, 1,890mm wide, and 1,407mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,735mm, and a ground clearance of 123mm. 

Locally, the Honda Civic Type R competes against the Subaru WRX, Dodge Charger, Lexus ES, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLA, among others.  

₱ 3,880,000

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