Honda is confirming that the wait for the next-generation Type R is nearly over with the Japanese auto giant confirming that the updated model will make its global debut this summer. In the meantime, Honda reps have decided to deliver a consolation prize and released an all-new video highlighting the Type R’s recent trip to the famed Nurburgring Nordschliefe raceway in Germany.
Civic Type R, A Track Ready Beast
The 39-second video that Honda released doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking here, the car is still camouflaged, and it appears to still have the chops to back up the checks that its wild styling writes when viewed by passersby. Plenty of action angles of the track itself are also peppered into the mix, but despite the visual blitzkrieg, there are still some details that make themselves noticeable. The triple exhaust system is still present, and the black wheels are also hiding a meaty set of Brembo brakes.
The rear of the car still has a large rear wing, but despite the camo, the styling here suggests that this Type R will be a more mature offering and pitch some of the overly done angles and creases that defined the older model. The Type R will continue to be a hatchback only offering with the Si model flipping the script and being a sedan only (despite vocal cries from Honda faithful about adding the model to the Civic Hatchback.)
What Performance Hardware Will It?
Honda has so far not confirmed anything about what kind of engine will be powering the upcoming Type R, but with the Civic family being a pure four-cylinder powered stable of offerings, chances are good that a heavily revised 2.0-liter four-cylinder will continue to be the source of motivation for the model moving forward.
A manual will also continue to be the lone transmission choice, but tightening fuel economy requirements might force Honda to get creative with how it adds green technology to the Type R. A hybrid infused engine has been rumored for years, and the extra torque provided by an electric motor would help add more zest to the car’s low-end acceleration while also adding a few miles per gallon too.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.