Honda has for the second time dropped a batch of dramatic, low-light photos of its new 2023 Civic Type R hot hatchback testing in the run-up to its 2022 debut. This time around, the Civic Type R is located at Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and the photos are more close up than those shot at a different testing session at Germany’s Nürburgring—and more revealing.
First of all, we can now see that red, black, and white camouflage a whole lot more clearly, and it’s loaded with cute references for Honda fanatics. Thin white outlines of Type R hatchbacks past and recently present are overlaid with blood-red “R” logos and a black background. Fun! Automakers have started getting clever with the camouflage treatments applied to test vehicles—after all, why festoon a car with camera-distorting patterns when you can adapt those patterns from designs you already have, or even load them with teasers and cryptic references, as Ford recently tried with its hardcore Bronco Raptor?
While Honda bills these latest Civic Type R images as “testing photos,” there aren’t many photos of the hatchback actually, you know, testing. Instead, there are many moody beauty shots of the turbocharged, track-devouring Civic.
Of greater utility are those photos that reveal new details about the next Type R, including a closeup of the front wheel that confirms Honda will once again equip red-painted Brembo front brake calipers. Several images of a tire change also reveal Michelin Pilot 4S tires—very meaty ones, though we can’t make out the exact sizing—and fenders that are clearly wider than a typical Civic’s to accommodate that rubber. Another shot of the interior indicates that blazing red-colored front seats will once again define the Type R’s cabin.
We’ll know more when Honda fully unveils the 2023 Civic Type R next year, but for now, the best we can hope for in the meantime are ever-more suggestive photos of the prototypes.
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