Hot hatch fans, the wait is nearly over.
The next-generation Civic Type R was spotted for the first time in May 2020, although Honda didn’t tease the hot hatch until October 2021. Since then, we’ve seen a number of official previews, and we now know when the red mask will be removed. Honda Australia director Stephen Collins told Carsales magazine that the world debut will take place next month:
“It [2023 Honda Civic Type R] will be shown in the full – there’s been a lot of camouflaged stuff shown – in June during the European summer.”
It will make its first appearance in the United States at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the NTT IndyCar Series event in early July. Surprisingly, the Honda prototype that will be on display in Ohio will still be hidden.
The 2018 Civic Type R is planned to employ an iteration of Honda’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which is thought to be the last gasoline-only Honda in Europe. The original FK8 model had 316 horsepower, but fans are expecting that the developers will discover more in the stable. Early reports that the CTR will go hybrid were baseless, so purists may rest certain that the ICE recipe will be retained.
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Honda has already stated that the Civic Type R hatchback will only be available with a manual transmission, just as the Si sedan. The next-generation vehicle is likely to aspire to reclaim the Nurburgring lap record for the fastest front-wheel-drive production car. The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R currently holds the championship, with a time of 7 minutes and 40.1 seconds set in April 2019.
With three pedals, a punchy gas engine, and no electrification, the Civic Type R is shaping up to be one of the last affordable performance cars to stick to the traditional formula. At the same time, it will look substantially more civilized than its racy predecessor. That said, it will still have a big rear wing and the triple exhaust system à la Ferrari 458 Italia.