The car will be "cultivated with applications of technologies developed through the World Touring Car Championship" according to Ito, suggesting it will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6 litre engine. Honda enters the championship as a works team later this year.
Ito did not expand on details of the next Type R, but said that he had set his engineers the task if making it the fastest front wheel drive car to lap the Nurburgring.
It will initially be sold in Europe only. "It is important to offer customers there something sporty," Ito told Autocar. "This car is not about sales volume, but inspiring customers and engineers." He added that sales outside Europe would be considered at a later date.
Ito also confirmed development of a baby SUV was underway, for sale in 2013 and likely to be based on the Jazz, and that a small roadster for the Japanese market only, in the mould of the Honda Beat, would go on sale by 2015.