In January, Honda fans in Japan will get a sneak peek at the 2018 Civic Type R. The next-generation hot hatchback will be on display from January 14 to 16 at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2022. However, this isn’t the Type R’s first appearance. The vehicle on exhibit will be a prototype that is still covered in camouflage.
As a result, we have no idea how much information Honda will reveal regarding the much-anticipated performance model. For whatever it’s worth, we do know that Honda has devised a camouflage pattern exclusively for the Type R. The Type R will also be included in a “action-packed test-driving film” that will allow show spectators to see the car’s progress. Aside from that, Honda says the production Type R will emerge next year, and it will be the most powerful Type R yet.
We’ve had a taste of what that implies thanks to spy images and video. With a manual transmission, four-cylinder power is still in use, almost definitely driving the front wheels. The hot hatch attacks bends with impressive speed and stability, displaying no evidence of understeer in video footage from the Nürburgring. The quiet roar from the center-exit exhaust is pleasant as well.
The present Type R’s turbo-four produces 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and has a lap time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds at the Nurburgring, thus more power is expected if the new model is to be the best of them all. Some wild reports indicate the car will have 400 horsepower (298 kW), however this seems implausible.
At the event, the Type R prototype will compete against performance rivals from Subaru, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. Subaru will have a new electric STI concept on display, and Mitsubishi will have an unknown concept dressed up as a Ralliart. Nissan will formally launch the new Z in Japan in a variety of flavours, including a one-off concept.
That is, assuming the show isn’t cancelled before it airs. The COVID-19 Omicron variant is currently spreading havoc in various regions of the world, prompting GM to withdraw from the CES Show in Las Vegas, which takes place just a week before Tokyo.