Rumours: Next Honda Civic Type R to be launched in 2022, 400 PS with NSX tech!

CY Foong · Jul 15, 2020 03:00 PM

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With Honda launching the Civic Type R (FK8) Limited Edition in Europe and America, rumours are surfacing that the FK8 is due for a replacement very soon.

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This scoop comes from Japan’s Best Car which speculated that the development of the next-gen Civic is in progress and set to be launched in 2021.

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This means that the FK8 will be replaced soon, perhaps sometime in 2022 and it could even share some tech with Honda’s halo supercar.

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According to Best Car, the next-gen Type R could reuse the same 2.0-litre engine as the FK8 but performance could be increased to 400 PS. It also claims that the Type R will be utilising similar hybrid technology as the Honda NSX’s SH-AWD system.

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Before you Honda fanboys get out your pickaxes and start to chant “Save the VTEC!”, the next-gen Type R will not be a hybrid hot hatch. The electric motors are merely to drive the rear wheels, adopting a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive layout while the front axles will still be driven by a combustion engine.

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Renderings by Best Car

With the next Type R scheduled for launch in 2022, the hot hatch segment will be exciting. By then, we’ll see it competing against the Mk 8 Volkswagen Golf GTi and potentially the Toyota Corolla GR as well as Hyundai’s own successor to the i30N. Will 2022 be an epic year for hot hatches?

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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