2018 Honda Civic Type R test mule spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Honda has just unveiled its 10th-generation Civic, though so far all we’ve seen is the regular Civic Sedan, which sports a handsome look and a number of tech features. The version we’re still waiting for is the new Civic Type R.
A Civic Type R hatchback has just been launched overseas but this one isn’t expected in the United States. Instead, the Type R sold in these parts will likely be based on the new Civic Sedan, and it’s possible a version based on the new Civic Coupe is also planned.
We now have spy shots of what’s likely to be the Type R based on the sedan. This is still an early test mule, with the mechanicals hidden beneath a makeshift body combining elements from both the Acura ILX and the Type R hatchback, but it offers a look at some of the elements destined for the final production version.
The test mule rides on 19-inch wheels and inside each sits a Brembo brake caliper. Expect the final version to come with four-piston calipers and 13.7-inch discs at the front. There is also a set of three exhaust tips, mounted at the center of the rear bumper.
We already know the engine will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and VTEC variable valve timing. Peak output should lie close to the 305 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque found in the Type R hatchback, all of which will be routed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
To help get that power to the pavement, the car should be fitted with Honda’s new ‘Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension’ system, which is said to reduce dreaded torque steer by as much as 50 percent compared to a conventional setup. The final version should also wear a number of body enhancements aimed at producing downforce.
The new Civic Sedan goes on sale this fall, as a 2016 model. It will be followed by the new Civic Coupe in the winter and a Civic Hatchback sometime next year. It’s unclear when we’ll see a Type R in local showrooms. We’re hearing that the launch might not happen until 2017, which would likely see it list as a 2018 model.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.