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Here’s a sneak peek into what the new Honda Civic Type R might look like. The prototype of the hot hatch has been revealed. It proves to have a more mature design, while still maintaining that sporty compact charm.
Let’s dive into what makes this new car exciting.
The new Honda Civic Type R prototype
According to MotorTrend, the current Honda Civic Type R is a king among hot hatches. It snagged the crown in multiple comparison tests and is just an all-around astonishing car.
So what better car to top the Civic Type R than a new and improved Type R?
As the prototype for the 2023 Honda Civic Type R has been revealed, MotorTrend theorizes that the 11th gen Civic-based Type R will be another magical vehicle in terms of performance.
For those who might not know, Honda typically does not release wild, groundbreaking concepts.
Instead, they release prototypes that can generally be thought of as the real thing, since they only get minorly toned down by the time of the proper launch.
Upgrades from the current Honda Civic Type R
Honda’s new global platform is based on the outgoing Civic’s bones, except it has a stiffer chassis.
This rigidity allows the suspension to do its work better, which actually benefits all upcoming Civic models, which includes the Type R.
Raising performance limits is exciting considering the Type R’s performance is already incredible. As for the engine, Honda currently utilizes a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
It’s hard to say how or if the engine will be changed, but any upgrade will be welcome.
CarScoops points out that this may be Honda’s final act for this engine. After the 11th gen Civic Type R, it’s potentially all electric from here as Honda ramps up in electrification.
While Honda’s current hatchback production plant in the U.K. is set to close in 2021, Honda has said that hatchback production will be shifted to Indiana.
Wild Civic Type R rumors
Some rumors are just that, rumors. But they could be worth hearing. MotorTrend reported on a rumor from the Japanese publication Best Car. Rumors say that the new Type R could adopt a hybrid all-wheel drive system.
That could make a total output of 400 hp possible, with added rear-axle torque vectoring.
While this speculation is fun and Honda hasn’t commented on it, it’s probably not going to happen. Adding extra weight and complexity to the Type R doesn’t seem like something Honda would do.
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