Before the new Honda Civic sedan was unveiled, fans froze in anticipation of the “charged” Civic Type R, especially after receiving no news about the manual transmission for the base sedan.
The current version of the Honda Civic Type R is a real revelation for Honda’s overseas markets. Models like the Integra Type R from the 90s still evoke warm feelings and enthusiasm, but more than 20 years have passed between these two full-fledged Type Rs. The rest of the R versions, including the NSX-R, were vehicles exclusively for the Japanese domestic market.
The hatchback currently uses a 2.0-liter I4 turbo engine with 306 hp. and 400Nm of torque, and it looks like the next Type R will stick to the same formula, but it will be one of the last petrol-powered Honda. While the Type R doesn’t really need any improvement in the output, hardly anyone would complain about the extra 20bhp. and 30 Nm.
It was rumored that the Honda Civic Type R will get an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission like the Hyundai Veloster N to complement the returning 6-speed manual. Suspension-wise, Honda’s adaptive damping setup is expected to remain the same, including a two-axle strut front suspension, an improved limited slip differential and multi-link rear suspension.
The Swindon, England plant where the Civic Type R was produced will close at the end of this year, but production is rumored to be shifting to one of Honda’s US plants, which is already producing engines. Presumably this is in Marysville, as this is where the high-performance Acura NSX was produced. The base 2022 Civic Type R is not expected to go beyond $ 40,000.