There’s no denying the current Honda Civic Type R is a tough act to follow. Having won multiple comparison tests and an astonishing 4th-place finish in our 2018 Best Driver’s Car competition, the Type R is a front-drive performance miracle that audaciously takes all comers—no matter the opponents’ specs or price point. So how could the hot hatchback possibly get any better? With the reveal of the 2022 Honda Civic Prototype, we have reason to believe Honda will pull off another performance magic trick with the 11th-gen-Civic-based Type R. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming 2022 Honda Civic Type R.
The 11th-generation Honda Civic rides on a new platform evolved from the outgoing Civic’s bones. This new global Civic platform is stiffer than its predecessor, and that extra rigidity will benefit all Civic models—including the Type R. Having a stiffer chassis should raise the performance limits of the upcoming Honda Civic Type R, as a strong basis for the suspension to do its work is critical. The Type R will again be offered as a hatchback only, and along with all other Civic Hatchback models, is currently produced at Honda’s plant in Swindon, U.K., which is set to close in 2021. However, Honda has said hatchback production will be saved and move to its Indiana plant in the U.S. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.