Honda is preparing a “charged” hatchback Civic Type R

Honda is preparing a “charged” hatchback Civic Type R

November 19, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

With the change of generation, the all-new Honda Civic Type R hot hatch is expected to receive more refinement, better performance and a manual transmission.

It cannot be denied that the current Honda Civic Type R is not an easy task for the creators. Ranking at the top of the charts for the best “charged” cars, the Type R is a performance marvel with a front-wheel drive configuration that is not always accepted by the consumer, regardless of specification or price. However, a Japanese hot hatch could get better. With the 2022 Honda Civic prototype arriving, there is every reason to believe that Honda is preparing another “magic trick” with the Type R based on the 11th generation Civic.

As previously reported by the edition, the new Honda Civic moves on a new platform. This new global platform is stiffer than its predecessor, and this additional stiffness will benefit all Civic models, including the Type R. The stiffer chassis should push the performance limits of the upcoming Honda Civic Type R as a solid foundation for the critical suspension. The Type R will again be offered as a hatchback only and will be produced at the Indiana plant in the US.

According to the 2022 Honda Civic Prototype, we expect the new Civic Type R to grow slightly. The 2020 Civic Type R features an upgraded adaptive suspension that can adjust its dampers more than 20 times per second, significantly improving the car’s ride quality. At the same time, the suspension geometry was redesigned, the bushings were reinforced, and the ball joints were redesigned with less friction parts, resulting in sharper cornering, less body roll and more lateral grip.

Honda has said nothing about engines for the 11th-generation Civic family, but the automaker has promised to offer a 6-speed manual transmission on its sporty models, including the hatchback, Si sedan and Type R. If Honda keeps the 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged from the current model, which develops 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, as well as the Type R front-wheel drive layout, then an increase in power to 320 hp. would be reasonable.

But there are rumors that the next Civic Type R could go in a completely different direction and get the hybrid all-wheel drive system used in the Acura NSX. Such equipment could provide a total power of 400 hp. coupled with torque vectoring on the rear axle and “put” the Type R into a different performance category, which is likely to raise its price significantly.

The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype not only announces the 11th generation Civic sedan, but also has styling cues that we’ll see on hatchbacks, including the Type R. Inside, the new Civic has the same toned down design with a simplified center console and free-standing touchscreen. The instrument cluster is now more tidy as it is completely digital. This more understated and upscale look should continue in the Type R.

The 2022 Honda Civic sedan is due to arrive in late spring 2021. Based on this time, we could see the hatchback in the summer, and the Type R already next fall. In terms of pricing, it will depend on which path Honda takes for the Type R. An AWD hybrid variant could push the model’s price well beyond $ 40,000. On the other hand, if Honda decides to stick with FWD, prices should rise slightly, keeping them in the $ 38,000-40,000 range. This is the price point in which we believe the Civic Type R is strongest.