Starting with the sixth generation Honda Civic, the Type R variant for sale in various markets has always denoted a more performance-oriented bent on the compact car’s range. The current iteration is no exception, and Honda has announced it will be putting the upcoming Type R through its paces on the famed Nürburgring.
Honda previews its camouflaged 2022 Civic Type R
Images released by the carmaker show the hot hatch wearing primarily red camouflage that covers even the ‘H’ badges on the grille and hubcaps, but the form of the eleventh-generation model is unmistakable. The same LED headlamps flank a noticeably larger grille and revised lower intake, both of which feature a mesh backing which gives the fascia a more aggressive appearance over the standard version.
The large red Brembo brake calipers peek out from multi-spoke wheels that are mounted on Michelin Pilot Sport 4 radials. Heading out back, the combination rear lamps seem to have been revised, with the wing spoiler now mounted higher up on the C-pillar than before, sporting a flatter profile. The center-mounted triple exhaust has been carried over from the previous generation, with a twist as the central tip is now bigger.
Notice the rear wing riding higher on the tailgate
Overall, the new Type R currently in the works features a less busy-looking aesthetic, compared to its predecessor which bordered on overkill. Honda is keeping the specifications of the car under wraps for now, but what has been confirmed is that a manual gearbox will be the sole transmission option.
Contrary to initial rumors that a 400-horsepower hybrid motor and all-wheel drivetrain will be standard on the upcoming hot hatch, reports now suggest that the powertrain will evolve from the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and front-wheel-drive. However, it will be the last Honda in Europe to run exclusively on a combustion engine when it arrives in 2022.
The FK8 Civic Type R was responsible for setting new FWD records in its heyday
The outgoing Type R in pre-production guise set a record in 2017 for the fastest front-drive car on the planet in the Nürburgring, going on to achieve similar feats in other renowned circuits. Let’s see if the upcoming model will be able to top those once it makes its global premiere.
Know more about Honda Civic Type R 2021
The fifth-generation Honda Civic Type R 2021 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.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo