2022 Honda Civic Type R spied

Honda's new hot-hatch hero is officially out and about. After being teased and spied last week, we've snapped the Civic Type R again.

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Scott Collie
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The next-generation Honda Civic Type R isn’t hiding anymore.

After being teased for the first time, it’s now been spied testing around the Nurburgring multiple times in the last two weeks. Our latest set of images offer a closer look at the details on the Type R.

Up front, it looks like the fussy, low-set air intakes of the current model will be replaced with a cleaner central intake and simpler bumper inserts.

There’s an ankle-breaking splitter and swollen guards, complete with a vent on the back of the front arches to lessen pressure at high speeds. Honda made a big deal of the fact the last Civic created real downforce, expect this one to be no different.

The swollen guards are matched with unique side skirts, which are no doubt similar to those on the current car.

Down back, the biggest news is the new rear wing. Unlike the current unit, it’s mounted on slim, motorsports-inspired struts and sits higher on the boot lid. It’s not quite the swan-neck spoiler of the new Porsche 911 GT3, but it’s the hot-hatch equivalent.

As before, there are three exhaust pipes down back. They’re surrounded by a diffuser that looks like it could actually contribute to the overall downforce of the car, rather than just sitting there and looking pretty.

When it arrives, it’ll sit alongside the all-new Civic hatch and HR-V SUV in a revitalised Honda range.

Like before, it’ll be petrol-powered and have a six-speed manual transmission.

Honda is expected to slot an evolution of the current turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine under the bonnet. At the moment it makes 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

Honda isn’t likely to rest on its laurels with the 2022 Type R, let alone go backwards, so a power and torque bump is likely.

Inside, the new Civic has a new retro-ish design (below) and what appears to be a new infotainment system.

Throw in a red-and-black steering wheel, a metal gear knob, and a set of deep bucket seats, and you’ve likely got a pretty good idea of how the Type R will look.

The core Civic hatch range will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the new e:HEV hybrid following in 2022.

These cars will be sold under Honda’s new agency sales model, where prices are fixed across its network of showrooms.

MORE: Everything Honda Civic

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