Published on October 4th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


New Honda Civic Type R Being Tested Right Now

The all-new Honda Civic Type R hatchback is being tested at the Nürburgring.

The 11th generation Honda Civic is being rolled out globally, with its launch in Malaysia being anticipated by the end of 2021 or in early 2022. The vehicle is already available in Thailand. As most expect, Honda are working on a Type R version based on the hatchback body style. Now Honda have officially teased the vehicle wearing some red and black camouflage.

2022 Honda Civic Type R hatchback 11th generation teaser from the rear

The 11th generation Honda Civic Type R is currently being tested at the Nürburgring to ensure they’ve got everything down. The last Type R become took the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle and held it for a while. We have little doubt that Honda will attempt to take that record once again.

2022 Honda Civic Type R hatchback 11th generation teaser from the rear

While Honda Type R vehicles have always been front-wheel driven, some rumours are pointing towards this year being the year Honda tries something different with an all-wheel-drive system and possibly even a hybrid powertrain. The previous Civic Type R used a revised version of the K20 found on the Type R it replaced. So there is a chance that the powerplant is already at the limit of what engineers can do given the tightening emissions and fuel efficiency regulations. However, knowing Honda, they’d probably be reluctant to mess with the front-wheel drive, 2-litre layout they’ve established for the Civic Type R.

It has also been indicated that this Honda Civic Type R will be the last pure gasoline engine-powered vehicle from the brand to be sold in Europe. If this is true, then it can be confirmed that the Type R will indeed be a non-hybrid vehicle at least.

Another thing to consider is the closing of the Swindon factory in the UK. This was where the outgoing Civic Type R was built and building it there enabled Honda to sell the car in the United States for the first time ever. In this generation, we’re not sure if Honda will revert to selling just the Civic Si in the States or if they’ll find some new way of offering the Type R there.

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The new Type R seems to feature more mature styling versus its predecessors. The wing, while large, is a little neater. The front grille features a honeycomb pattern not unlike the pattern found on the grille of the City RS sold in Malaysia.

Honda are still developing this performance machine, but you can expect it to be fully revealed and introduced to markets in 2022.

Here’s the caption that went along with the images from Honda.


Development of the best performing Honda Civic Type R ever continues. The all-new Civic Type R will be introduced in 2022. #HondaCivic #TypeR

About Honda

Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker in America, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Honda lineup includes the Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, Insight hybrid-electric sedan, and the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 38 years and currently operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2020, more than 95 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

More information about Honda is available in the Digital Fact Book

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