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22 May 2020

The first prototype of the next-generation Honda Civic Type R has been caught testing on German roads ahead of the hot hatch's expected 2022 debut. 

The early sighting, on roads near the Nürburgring, comes before we've even seen any spyshots of the standard Mk11 Civic, which is likely to be unveiled in late 2021 and go on sale in 2022. The Type R could be revealed at the same time, however. 

The Renault Mégane RS rival is heavily camouflaged in these shots but, unlike the current model, it doesn't appear radically different from its predecessor externally. The overall body shape, with its low, wide stance, saloon-style bootlid and big rear wing is familiar.

A close look reveals the spoiler features a new raised mounting, while the smaller lip spoiler on the bootlid no longer appears to dissect the rear window.  The lights front and rear are different, too, while this prototype doesn’t feature a centrally mounted exhaust. Further visible changes include a lower shoulder line, a lower bonnet line and lower headlights.

A view of the interior shows what looks like different steering wheel and dashboard designs, alongside a dashtop-mounted touchscreen, although it's difficult to draw conclusions from this early prototype. 

Autocar understands that the next Civic Type R will receive a hybrid powertrain as part of Honda’s electrification plans, which were accelerated last year with the aim of making all the brand's European sales electrified by 2025. 

It's also suggested that it will use a powertrain linked in concept to that of the NSX supercar, which mates a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 with three electric motors. It's unclear whether that means four-wheel drive, but it's likely if Honda goes full-hybrid in this way.

Such a development would also give Honda more performance potential, as engineers have previously hinted the current car is close to to the realistic limit in terms of power put through only the front wheels.

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22 May 2020

If someone got to look inside and see the dash, the wheel and the touch screen you would think they might notice the gear lever! Is it going to be manual like the current car (Honda have good history of making manual hybrids), or auto only?

24 May 2020
artill wrote:

If someone got to look inside and see the dash, the wheel and the touch screen you would think they might notice the gear lever! Is it going to be manual like the current car (Honda have good history of making manual hybrids), or auto only?

 

I know this will no doubt inspire a good deal of hate from certain sectors, but if the current type R had an automatic version, I would have been seriously tempted. 

24 May 2020
Kidda wrote:

artill wrote:

If someone got to look inside and see the dash, the wheel and the touch screen you would think they might notice the gear lever! Is it going to be manual like the current car (Honda have good history of making manual hybrids), or auto only?

 

I know this will no doubt inspire a good deal of hate from certain sectors, but if the current type R had an automatic version, I would have been seriously tempted. 

That certainly shouldn't inspire hate, the critical word should be option, I think most people get frustrated by auto only with no manual option, of course this works both ways. So hopefully Honda will offer both options.

24 May 2020
Kidda wrote:

artill wrote:

If someone got to look inside and see the dash, the wheel and the touch screen you would think they might notice the gear lever! Is it going to be manual like the current car (Honda have good history of making manual hybrids), or auto only?

 

I know this will no doubt inspire a good deal of hate from certain sectors, but if the current type R had an automatic version, I would have been seriously tempted. 

There are far more cars that are auto only rather than manual only. I am with Si73, lets have the option of both on more cars

 

22 May 2020

 Looks like a more mature car, a little wider, longer wheelbase (?) more roomy inside, the car is loved the World over just like the Golf Gti, people will still buy them.

22 May 2020

Pity the Ukfactory is closing due to the Eu agreeing not to charge teh 10% import duty any longer ,we should put it up after January .I.M.H.O. they will lose further market share as their range is not as comprehensive as it should and the designs with the civic as the sole exception are very dreary .

23 May 2020
Mutts mutts these is, all the racers round are way have um race um on the ring road!

23 May 2020
"It’s unclear where the Japanese company intends to produce the next-generation family car"
Only a disfunctional family would buy this.

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