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Honda teases performanc­e hero

- – Callum Hunter

Honda has outed its new-generation Civic Type R hot hatch with a pair of crisp – but camouflage­d – images, giving the world its first look at the brand’s upcoming performanc­e hero ahead of its Nurburgrin­g developmen­t phase.

Published last week by Honda’s American arm, the new Type R is easy to distinguis­h thanks to its gaping front air dam, huge rear wing and triple exhaust outlets, not to mention its obvious ties to the standard Civic hatch that’s due to arrive in the closing stages of 2021.

To some eyes at least, the new Type R’s design contains a vague air of the classic Subaru Impreza 22B in its design cues, among them general frontend graphic formed by those slim headlights, the sizable lower bumper opening with intercoole­r prominentl­y on display and the slimmer upper grille cutout.

And like Subaru’s retro rally hero, there’s a sizable wing at the back too.

Huge wings are nothing new for the Type R given the current model has one of the biggest aerofoils of any sub-$100,000 performanc­e vehicle at the moment, but for the new-gen Type R that wing will sit on metal stanchions rather than the plastic uprights of the current model.

Elsewhere, the new-gen Civic DNA is just as visible, especially down

the flanks and at the rear of the car with all of the same character lines and Kia Stinger-esque tail-lights being identifiab­le. However, while the current FK8 Civic Type R pumps up its rear wheelarche­s via add-on plastic overfender­s, its replacemen­t appears to affect that same girth through sheetmetal contouring instead.

A slatted rear diffuser houses the uneven-sized trio of exhaust tips – another link to its predecesso­r – however the configurat­ion is the inverse of the current model in that the middle outlet is larger than its neighbours.

The whole package rolls on aggressive black multi-spoke alloy wheels, behind which peep out red Brembo

brake calipers and generous-sized brake rotors.

It’s little wonder too, given Honda is touting the new model to be ‘the best performing Honda Civic Type R ever’ with the announceme­nt followed by confirmati­on of a 2022 global debut.

No concrete details have been released yet, but given the standard

Civic will use a carryover updated engine, we expect the flagship to use a similarly-enhanced version of the familiar 2.0-litre turbo four-banger.

For reference, the current model develops a class-leading 228kw of power and chunky 400Nm of torque, all of which is shoved through the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmissi­on with the help of a limited slip differenti­al – expect familiar specs for the new one.

Adaptive suspension is also a likely starter, as is Honda’s ‘Logr’ data logging software, which allows drivers to monitor and record different performanc­e parameters such as lap times through the infotainme­nt system, while also displaying key vehicle informatio­n.

The Type R nameplate has been around since 1992 when it debuted on the NSX supercar, however it was not applied to the Civic until 1997 with the release of the EK9 generation.

Since then, it has spanned five generation­s of Civic to date, with the MY22 version set to be the sixth iteration of what has become one of the most famous hot hatch lineages.

With the ‘vanilla’ Civic range not due to arrive Down Under until later this year, it seems unlikely we will see the new Type R on Australian soil before the third or fourth quarters of 2022.

 ?? ?? SOON: Honda says its new Civic Type R is about to start its Nurburgrin­g testing, a key milestone in its performanc­e developmen­t.
SOON: Honda says its new Civic Type R is about to start its Nurburgrin­g testing, a key milestone in its performanc­e developmen­t.

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