Honda shared photos of a prototype model covered in camouflage, giving us our first official look at the new Civic Type R.
It’s a pretty revealing look at the latest hot hatchback, which looks far better than its predecessor. However, it retains its aggressive stance thanks to a body kit, a large wing on the back, and a serious wheel and tire package.
Based on the Civic’s four-door hatchback body style, the new Type R is fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires wrapped around some nice-looking ten-spoke black wheels.
Red Brembo brake calipers are also visible. A large rear wing and three exhaust tips dominate the rearview.
Honda isn’t disclosing many technical details at this time, but we expect the new model to use the same turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as the outgoing model, likely tuned to produce slightly more than the current 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet.
Honda has already confirmed that a six-speed manual transmission will be available, though a dual-clutch automatic transmission may join the lineup as an option.
More information should be available soon, as Honda has stated that the Type R will be revealed in its entirety sometime next year.
Honda has announced that its distinctively camouflaged next-generation Civic Type R prototype will be on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon in mid-January.
The announcement will also include a new video of the vehicle in development. We expect it to include footage of the vehicle being tested at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit.