2023 Honda Civic Type R teased: price, specs and release date

October 04, 2021 by

Is this how the next Honda Civic Type R will look? Take a look at these exclusive renders and read about how it’ll fly the flag for the pure petrolhead once more…

  • 2022 Honda Civic Type R teased
  • Based on the latest Civic hatchback
  • Retains ultra-aggressive styling
  • Racy interior is almost certain
  • Will retain a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine
  • Mild-hybrid tech likely
  • As much as 350hp
  • Reveal in 2022 likely

A new Honda Civic Type R is on the way, and the Japanese manufacturer has released images of a heavily camouflaged prototype — giving you a first official look at the hot hatch.

Expect this Volkswagen Golf R and Hyundai i30 N alternative to come with punchy petrol power as it flies the flag for the pure enthusiast one last time.

2023 Honda Civic Type R design

As with the outgoing car, the new Honda Civic Type R is set to keep the ostentatious look — as you can tell through the camouflage on this prototype.

A huge grille sits low on the front bumper, with huge intakes hiding underneath the wrap.

The sides look to have extended skirts, along with a fresh set of black alloy wheels.

A new rear wing sees the supports made of metal rather than the plastic of the outgoing car, though the triple exhaust setup remains.

2023 Honda Civic Type R interior

As with any Honda Civic Type R, the interior will still be based on the regular hatchback but will come with a whole host of changes for a racy edge.

Expect the standard layout of the new Civic (pictured) to get a very racy overhaul

This should include Alcantara trimming everywhere, along with red highlights throughout the car. Bucket seats with Type R badging are near enough certain, plus you’ll probably find the ‘R’ driving mode selector of the old car here too.

2023 Honda Civic Type R engine

Honda has committed to bringing some form of electric power to all cars sold in Europe by the end of 2022, be that hybrids or fully electric cars, but the Civic Type R is likely to be an exception to this rule.

Its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is set to return and will drive the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

It’s possible it could use mild-hybrid power, which will see a small generator fitted to allow the car to cut the engine off sooner when coming to a stop, but this should be about as pure as any modern hot hatch can be otherwise.

Power could see a rise from the current 320hp to as much as 350hp, with a 0-60mph time close to 5 seconds likely.

2023 Honda Civic Type R price and release date

Expect to see the Honda Civic Type R revealed in full early in 2022, with it going on sale before the end of next year.

Pricing of around £37,000 is possible, with the new car carrying a slight premium over the outgoing version.

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