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Feast your eyes on the 2023 Honda Civic Type R.
Okay no, this is not a full reveal. In typical Honda fashion, the company is showing off a near-production prototype that leaves pretty much nothing to the imagination. It does leave you wondering why they still have the camo wrap on it when they usually remove that for their prototypes. Nevertheless, let’s dive into the footage.
The Tokyo Auto Salon, taking place this weekend, is where Honda will be displaying the Type R prototype in person for the first time. This footage is meant to prove that they are still hard at work making final adjustments, specifically on the track at Suzuka Circuit in Japan. As you can see, it retains the massive rear wing that offended some people with the outgoing car, and will still be offered only as a hatchback. Otherwise, we still do not know much about this car.
It is unclear whether they are going to introduce a brand new engine or add an automatic transmission this time. Honda has previously admitted they don’t have an automatic transmission that can handle the 300+ horsepower this car currently produces. The 10-speed from the Accord, while a great automatic, apparently doesn’t work. With Hyundai now offering a wet dual-clutch automatic in its ‘N’ models, you would think Honda might also want to make the Type R more accessible to more people. Perhaps they will surprise us.
Aside from this lovely footage, the only other detail given is that the Type R will be fully revealed later this year. In the meantime, feast your eyes on even more camo-wrapped eye candy: