On the 25th anniversary of the firm’s hot hatchback, Honda has finally whipped the wraps off the new-generation Civic Type R, with the Japanese automaker saying the new iteration of its hot hatch “has been engineered to deliver the most exhilarating Civic Type R experience to date”. 

Civic Type R

Honda says its engineers have refined every aspect of the new model. These include an enhanced design for improved aerodynamics and revisions to the powertrain. With these changes, the company says it has created the most responsive and powerful Type R ever. 

“With the all-new Civic Type R, Honda engineers have again delivered on our goal to create the most rewarding driving experience in the performance hatchback segment,” said Tom Gardner, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe. “Through exceptional advancements and the application of motorsport-derived technologies, we have exceeded the capabilities of even the stripped-out, lightweight version of the previous model.”

Developed under the concept of creating the “Ultimate Sports 2.0”, the new generation builds on the sleek and sporty silhouette of the standard Civic. However, as this is a hot hatch, the Type R’s look has been elevated with a “noticeably” lower and wider stance. 

According to the firm, the exterior design conveys a sense of unity, with uncluttered details on the front and rear bumper and “beautifully” integrated features such as the back doors and arches. The flared wheel arches wrap around 19-inch matte black alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. 

The front fascia features a lower grille for maximised airflow. The latter is enhanced thanks to a subtle vent on the bonnet. Aerodynamics are improved thanks to the addition of large vents behind the wheels and a larger rear diffuser. The “dramatic” rear spoiler further contributes to downforce. 

The cabin, Honda says, “is dedicated to enhancing the exhilaration of driving and sharpening concentration levels.” The driver sits lower than before. However, visibility has improved. The front sports seats are trimmed in “suede-effect” material.

The interior is also fitted with a Honda LogR data logger. This feature allows the driver to collect performance data via their smartphone. Touchscreen infotainment is present, too. 

Although the firm has yet to release power and torque outputs and performance figures, it has revealed that the Civic Type R retains its “award-winning” 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. The petrol unit is now coupled with an “improved” six-speed manual transmission.