By on October 4, 2021

Honda has previewed the upcoming Civic Type R, now that it has prototypes testing at the Nürburgring. Knowing that the public would soon be seeing leaked photos of the model whizzing around the Rhineland, the manufacture has offered up some flattering images of it wearing a minimal amount of camouflage.

While the paint scheme still manages to break up its lines, this is probably the best look we’ll be getting of the model until the production version is ready to be revealed. For all intents and purposes, this is the 2022 Honda Civic Type R.

From the images we can see the car has a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires wrapped around some fairly large wheels. Brembo brake calipers are hidden behind the spokes as well. But Honda has made it clear that it’s not interested in sharing specifications, so we don’t have any measurements on any of the above.

Still, we’re expecting a lot of the previous Type R hardware to carry over. The manufacturer is assumed to utilize the same 2.0-liter turbo yielding 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on the current model year. However we’re betting it’ll be tuned to make more power for 2022.

Honda has only confirmed that it will continue offering a six-speed manual transmission while retaining a front-drive biased powertrain, keeping the car true to its roots. Insiders have likewise hinted that there would be a lot of carry-over hardware in general, with plenty of minor improvements taking precedence over any big changes. Considering that most people’s major gripe with the model that’s on sale today has everything to do with its exceptionally bold styling, we doubt there will be much criticism.

It will be functionally identical, however, as the 2022 model year will also be a 5-door. Though it does admittedly look more sedan-like than its predecessor. The Civic prototype also seems to be keeping the centrally mounted exhaust port trio and prominent rear wing. It’s just all framed upon a smoother and more flowing landscape than the angular menace that’s currently on sale. Even the obligatory Type R body kit is comparably tame on the prototype.

While that will help the car from drawing the unwanted attention of law enforcement, some consumers may wonder why a car that’s likely to be a grand or two shy of $40,000 looks uncannily similar to one that’s retailing for $22,000. But your author remains confident that the kind of people interested in buying the Type R will appreciate Honda’s revised styling direction or simply negate it by purchasing some aftermarket bodywork.

[Images: Honda]

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22 Comments on “2022 Honda Civic Type R Prototype Previewed...”


  • avatar
    dal20402

    From the front it looks better than the current one by a mile.

    From the rear… 3 exhaust pipes on a four-cylinder car is still wack.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    What is the Real-World Range™ of this vehicle?

    (Fuel tank capacity – 1.5) * (Observed highway fuel economy when driven by a typical Type R driver) = Not Enough

    [Get in the game or give up, Honda]

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      It definitely limits your point to point speed in many of the places where other limits are less pressing……

      Upside is, back off 20%, and consumption is less than halved. But that last 1/2 inch of throttle travel, when at hi revs, punches a pretty big hole in the fuel bucket. All high power turbos are like that. But it becomes more noticeable in ones where there is some realistic chance of actually using that last 1/2 inch more than extremely intermittently.

      Problem is, for “Type R” guys, that combination: Big speed, but not so much you can’t realistically use it, is the whole draw. Much more engaging than wafting around in a bigger engined car which manages to keep high average speeds even without digging too deep.

      For most people most of the time, though: Compared to even smaller cars, like the FiST (And GR Yaris..), the Type R is the wafter. You can cover ground very fast and efficiently, even while minding consumption somewhat. You just have to resist the inner child who insists on playing Fast and Furious all the time.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    The rear is a bit Audi-esque. I actually like the wrap they put on it. How many fanbois will want to duplicate it?

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    More subdued styling (for a Type R), better performance, hold the line on the price…

    Take my money now Honda. Or at least when the dealers are done with the $10k markups.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Hell, that’s on a Civic LX Sedan! Wonder what the markup would be if market conditions are still as they are now when the new Type-R comes out?

      (Not really a $10K markup. I’ll bet the best I could get on a Honda, though, is MSRP. My dealer doesn’t even have Accords OR Civics right now!)

  • avatar
    Ol Shel

    Nurburgring shmurbergring. Surely, any manufacturer can get the test results they need at another facility much closer to home. I seriously doubt Honda is taking a half-baked model out in front of the cameras at the ‘Ring, trying to figure out what they need to improve.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      ‘Ring times are such an important metric in marketing of these things, particularly in big, influential markets like the UK, that noone wants to leave it up to chance. (I suppose Toyota just did with the GRY, but that’s a very unusual project.)

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        I look at ring times as sort of a standardized handling benchmark. I’m probably not going to run the ring, but I do drive a lot of twisty roads on a regular basis. It’s also a good benchmark for braking. For EVs, it brought out the cooling issues on the first version of the Model S. It’s also good to see what happens to range when pushed really hard.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          Until you get to top class race car speeds, it’s more of a power-to-weight and tire-grip benchmark, than a handling one.

          At least the reported ones are, since they are all set by people who can drive around near any handling quirk, as long as the tires can, at all, be lured into occasional contact with the tarmac.

          That it, despite how it’s promoted (and for F1 speed cars likely were) actually a power-to-weight benchmark rather than a realistic handling one, is a big part of why it is so popular as an advertising proposition: Power-to-weight, and huge wheels/tires; are expensive. And makes piling on “luxo” features to a “performance” car, less consequential. So it aids manufacturers, especially pricey Euro ones, in reinforcing the more-expensive-is-“better” mantra, they have made themselves so singularly dependent on for continued sales. IOW: If you can’t beat a Miata or little Lotus in realistic, real world “handling”: Create a “handling” benchmark which makes it harder on the lightweight guys. Then, have those whom your advertising supports, promote it as the gospel.

  • avatar

    Another anonymous compact. Rear looks comical with not one and not two but three pipeas! Where all that exhaust comes from?

  • avatar

    Oh yeah, “ironing board” – check. Does GTI has ironing board? Or three exhaust pipes?

  • avatar
    Jamiebar

    The middle “exhaust” isnt an exhaust at all. The purpose of it…is to reduce engine drone at high speed. I know this, as i own a 2018 Type-R. Also i drive medium aggresive and i get 10.5 L – 100km.

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    Honda’s styling drives me toward a Golf R.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Left hand sweepers on excessively bumpy roads with a pronounced crown (seemingly half the “driver” roads in the US West) will drive you right back….. Ditto commuting down Tuna Canyon and being seriously late for work…. Once backed off a bit, the Golf is nice, though. Although I still think the GTI is the sweet spot, and the R just a bit too heavy and isolated.

      • 0 avatar
        Kendahl

        The others I will cross shop are the Tesla Model 3 Long Range and the Audi S3 and RS3. None of them is a lightweight. Everything is on hold until the Golf R and the RS3 become available for test drives.

        Our daily driver is a Ford Focus SE 5-speed hatchback. Had Ford produced a model with the 270 hp engine from the ST, the all wheel drive train from the RS and an upgraded interior with all the goodies from the Platinum cars, I’d have been a customer. Instead, they built the RS which only appeals to boy racers under age 30. The Golf and Audi models are the direction I wanted them to go. Fast, good handling and comfortable but not cheap and flashy.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          “Instead, they built the RS which only appeals to boy racers under age 30.”

          I think you’ll remain a forever lost customer to the Type R team…….. :) Even they can’t please everyone… The car drives less “boy racer” than it looks, though… That wing actually matters. In hairy sweepers….

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Love me some Golf R. It’s comfortable, it’s quick, it’s styling isn’t overdone, and it blends into all environments seamlessly.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        It’s definitely a German Uber Car. Great at darned near anything. Even more so now, when the Golf platform has gotten big enough to work perfectly well even as an only family car.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Very disappointing.They did a nice job on the exterior styling but the dash looks like it came out of a U-Haul.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Still no VTEC, still a blobby unfinished hatch compared to the EG/EK/EP, still no redline.

  • avatar
    rickb

    @Ford Get rid of the rear passenger compartment and give me a longer bed. Ranges forever.

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