The latest teaser video for the new Honda Civic Type R shows the development of the performance vehicle to come at the Suzuka circuit in Japan. The model is also on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022, but there is no indication the automaker is actually revealing anything new about the highly anticipated machine.
Thematically, the video attempts to show how seriously Honda takes development of the new Civic Type R. In the brief clip, the automaker shows the car making circuits around the course, then returning to the garage for new tires and other adjustments. Then the pilot returns to the track for more practice. By the end of it it’s dark and the team is still at work.
Unfortunately, the video doesn’t show anything particularly new about the Civic Type R. There are plenty of close-ups of the car, but it continues to sport a red, black, and white camouflage pattern that includes silhouettes of the vehicle. Details include the R logo for the badge in the center of the grille and the Brembo brake calipers.
While we’re pretty sure a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is still under the hood, the engine’s horsepower remains a mystery. The existing Civic Type R version has 306 hp (228 kW), and rumor has it that this one has more than that. Some speculation puts forward the figure of 400 hp (298 kW), but that seems too high to be credible.
A six-speed manual would be the only gearbox option.
In several places in this video, the current generation Civic Type R can be seen in the background. Its presence suggests that the development team wants to make sure that the new model is better than the previous one around Suzuka.
A start date for the new Civic Type R is still a mystery. We expect a full premiere in the first half of 2022.