Next Honda Civic Type R looks understatedly hot in Suzuka test runs 

Updated Jan 14, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

More fuel for the Type R hype train.  

The last time we talked about the upcoming 2022 Honda Civic Type R, we reported that it will be making its appearance at the on-going 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. 

A picture of the 2022 Honda Civic Type R Prototype

The 2022 Honda Civic Type R prototype

Even earlier than that, we also talked about how Honda was testing it at the 5.8-kilometer Suzuka Circuit in Mie, Japan. In connection to that bit of news, Honda recently released a video showing the car being put through its paces at the aforementioned track.  

Let’s watch the video: 

Next Gen Honda Civic Type R Testing at Suzuka Circuit

As one can see, it is still very much the camouflaged pre-production unit. Then again, it’s plain to see that it comes with several unmistakable Type R accouterments like a triple exhaust setup, a sizable rear wing, as well as red-colored Brembo brakes. 

Also, it can be seen and heard on the said video that the Honda testing team isn’t exactly babying this thing. In fact, they are pushing it hard, and one can even perceive the growling 2.0-liter turbo engine at several points in the video. 

Furthermore, there are some interesting bits that you can spot if you’re a keen-eyed viewer. At the 37-second mark, one can spot a Civic in white. This might be the older, outgoing Civic Type R which the new model could be benchmarked against, or another 2022 Civic Type R unit.  

A picture of the Civic Type R in a garage with another vehicle.

Is that another prototype or the outgoing older version?

We also got multiple glimpses of the new Civic Type R’s wheels, which somewhat appear to have more depth than the current version’s set. In general though, it looks like they’re sporting the same multi-spoke design. Keep in mind that this could change once the production version comes out. 

Then at the 57-second mark, a 2022 Civic Type R running the track at night is shown with a green tinge. This might be the light (or the lack of it) playing tricks on our eyes, or maybe Honda is hinting that a green color might be coming for this performance model. That said, it looks great. Even the camouflaged prototype’s exterior appearance is already impressive. 

So, when’s it coming out? For now, the Japanese brand is keeping mum about it, so we’ll just have to wait. If you’re excited for this upcoming model, keep it here on Philkotse for further updates. 

Know more about Honda Civic Type R 2022

Honda Civic Type R

The fifth-generation Honda Civic Type R 2021-2022 from motorsport stalwart Honda is based on the 10th-generation Honda Civic. To sum the model up, it a high-performance version of the Civic and it features an aggressive-looking exterior design. For the Philippine market, the Civic Type R only has one variant and it comes with a price of Php 3,210,000. 

Under the Philippine-spec Civic Type R's hood is a 2.0-liter K20C1 VTEC inline-4 which can produce a maximum of 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. This engine is then paired with a six-speed manual transmission, which comes with a rev-matching function. Like the standard Civic, the Civic Type R is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Size-wise, it measures 4,577mm long, 1,877mm wide, and 1,434mm in height. It also has a ground clearance of 134mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,700mm.

Competing against the Honda Civic Type R 2021 in the Philippine market is the Subaru WRX STI and the BMW Z4 sDrive20i Sport 2.0 AT, in that they somewhat fall into the same price range. As for other front-wheel-drive, compact-sized sports cars however, the Civic Type R's direct competitor in the global market is the Hyundai Veloster N, which is only available through indent order locally.

₱ 3,210,000

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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