Honda USA has just released two teaser images of the soon-to-be-launched Civic Type R that is based on the 11th generation Honda Civic hatchback.
In an accompanying caption, the next destination for the high-performance hot hatchback is the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany for more testing. Back in 2017, the FK8 Honda Civic Type R lapped the 20.8 km loop in 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds, a record time then for front-wheel drive cars.
An official lap time at the undulating North Loop is not expected, as the weather conditions during this time of the year is far from optimum.
Based on the two images of the front and back of the new vehicle, the aggressive and complex “boy-racer” aerokit in the FK8 Civic Type R has been significantly toned down in line with the styling of the 11th generation Civic, but the signatory three-outlet exhaust tips have been maintained. A simple rear wing, although more aggressive than the Modulo item, is also added for both stability and portraying the Type R image.
Up front, the unique camouflage pattern (can you make out the silhouettes?) masks the additional styling pattern at the corners of the bumper. While unconfirmed, it looks like Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres will be providing control and grip for the upcoming hot-hatch, replacing Continental.
Honda is planning to have the all-new Civic Type R available next year, but perhaps there might be more snippets of the vehicle in between today’s first official images and the final launch model. There are rumours that this model will also feature some form of electrification in its powertrain.
The outgoing FK8 Honda Civic Type R was initially launched in 2017 at a price tag circa RM320,000, with outputs of 310 hp / 400 Nm of torque and only available with the best-shifting six-speed manual transmission. A facelift was done in early 2020, upgrading the cooling system, braking system as well as the electronic damping system, but unable to be offered by Honda Malaysia due to the global pandemic.