Updated Honda Civic Type R spied testing

The Honda Civic Type R may have only launched 12 months ago but the Japanese firm appears to be working on an updated version of the hot hatch, according to the latest spy shots.

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Spotted testing on roads around the Nurburgring in Germany, updates to the Type R appear to be rather minor and limited to a new front and rear bumper. Closer inspection reveals a new set of winglets appears to have been added to the air intakes at the front and to the plastic cladding beneath the rear lamps.

Of course that doesn’t mean there aren’t further changes beneath the skin. Renault has openly admitted to chasing the Type R’s Nurburgring lap record with the new Megane RS, and Honda could be using the mild update as an opportunity to add some more power and make some chassis tweaks to help the Type R maintain its title as the world’s fastest front-wheel drive car. 

Aside from those minor visual changes little else appears to have been changed over the existing model, however the sighting of the updated Type R is tell tale sign that a range of updates for the standard Civic range is on the way. The latest hatchback launched back in 2016, and with Honda’s particularly short lifecycles that model is due a mid-life facelift. 

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