2019 Honda Civic Type R Facelift Spied With New Bumpers And Both Small And Large Rear Wing

The Honda Civic Type R was unveiled about a year and a half ago, and it appears the model is already getting its first facelift.

Recently snapped undergoing testing in Europe, these prototypes have a camouflaged front fascia which looks virtually identical to the current model. However, a closer inspection reveals modified air intakes and some other subtle styling tweaks.

The changes continue at the rear as the white prototype has been equipped with a modified bumper that features horizontal elements on the faux fascia vents. One of the red prototypes, on the other hand, has the current rear fascia and a significantly smaller rear wing.

It is possible that Honda is going to offer two different type of rear wings for those that prefer a more subtle and less racer-boy look for their Type R.

The rest of the design appears to carryover so it’s likely that the cabin will remain largely the same. However, it’s possible the car could be equipped with an updated infotainment system that features a dedicated volume control knob. That’s a minor change, but it would bring the Civic Type R more in line with newer models such as the Insight and facelifted Pilot.

Little else is known about the car and it remains unclear if there will be any changes under the hood. Regardless of what happens, the current model has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 306 hp (228 kW / 310 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the front wheels via a limited slip differential.

This setup has been proven to a be a winning combination as the Civic Type R has set front-wheel drive lap records at a number of tracks in Europe. These include the Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France.

*Article updated with new information and spy photos

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  • Seats & a steering wheel

    The photo of the white type R still has the big wing and the red has a much smaller wing like a Civic RS. Looks like Honda are giving customers a choice like Subaru do for the WRX STI . Very smart move. People like myself in their 40’s, love the Type R, but find the huge wing a bit too much. Now we have an option for something a little less boy racer but still aggressive. Just wish they’d do a sedan version which I think looks MUCH better than the hatch.

  • Six_Tymes

    PLEASE get rid of the AWFUL FAKE PLASTIC VENTS on the rear bumper cover. I cannot believe you left those intact Honda.

    • Pascal Bouchard

      Honda the fake plastic vent masters!

    • D83

      That’s common for nowadays. Every manufacturer faked vents/mufflers/scoops/etc for design purposed. Like the Engine-sound Speaker in BMW i8.

    • FlameWater

      Kia also deserves some shame for putting them on the Stinger

    • Krisnadi Imam

      its not a plastic vent, its a fake waffle iron.

    • Doodz

      No no no… add more fake stuff to make this Honda even more awesome!!!

  • DudeOriginal1

    Ok then. It looks very slightly better. Like a 1.5% improvement.

    • Dudes

      You’re very generous.

  • Mr. EP9

    At this point, I don’t think Honda could make the styling any worse.

    • Vassilis

      Wait until the next one…

  • Craig

    I would love to see a ‘grown up’ version. Something that could far more easily blend into the crowd.

  • Mill0048

    Didn’t Honda say they were going to release couple more versions or the Type-R? Like a track and GT version… Maybe the red one is the GT version.

  • Brent Morrison

    Does it come with a bag of rice in the trunk?

    • Mr. EP9

      That comes pre-cooked out of the third exhaust pipe every time you step on the gas.

      • Craig

        Great for zooming past weddings!

      • Tumbi Mtika


  • ndcart

    I used to be such a Honda fanboy back in the 90’s. I saw one of these in person the other day, and it is one of the worst looking vehicles I’ve ever seen. It may be fast, but I don’t care. Can’t get over the looks….and fake vents. lol

    • Kagan

      You are not a boy anymore.

    • Infinite1

      Also, do you own a fan?

  • Mr. EP9

    I never understood why they bother covering the emblems and badges. We know what car it is.

    • Matt

      That’s not the point of covering them. There are likely legal as well as marketing reasons why all automakers do this.

      • Mill0048

        Sure, I can see it for PR reasons, maybe the vehicle isn’t finished, or is a highly modified test mule that doesn’t look attractive, or if the car broke down spectacularly it would reflect negatively on the brand. To the lay-person anyway.

  • SteersUright

    At least they’re trying…

  • D83

    Civic Type-S, for soft-core purpose. Maybe have an automatic transmission too??

  • Six_Tymes

    Oh no, a re-post of UGLY, to be fare its only the rear bumper cover, that thing never goes away… Honda, why?

  • anonymous

    Never mind about the wing, that red one with big wing got the proper wheels for Civic Type R!

  • An Existing Person

    As childish as the car looks, I think the large wing suits it well. Otherwise, with the small wing it now just looks like a basic Civic. Also, white wheels are part of the essence of a Type R and they should’ve been an option from the start.

  • FlameWater

    type-r accord would be pretty awesome

  • Tex

    The big wing is a deal breaker for me and juvenile design at best. The smaller one makes it a lot more mainstream. About time they woke up.

  • Duke Woolworth

    You’ll never drive this fast enough on public roads to get any stability effect from the wings. Black is the only color to get because it hides the warts and fakery, and will make covering the holes left when the wing’s removed, with a little black tape.

  • Krisnadi Imam

    I suppose the new CTR would be much more respectable if it sheds its gaudy body kit and opted for a more subtle styling. Take new Insight for once… damn, it looked handsome and elegant… perhaps civic can steal some of its styling.

  • Infinite1

    Probably reminiscent of what Nissan did with the 370Z when they facelifted the car adding vertical LEDs but with the Type R, looks like there are actually working vertical vents and the fake vents looks to be filled in some with fog lights and trim

  • KidRed

    So ricer-rifically ugly. Bleh-

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I really hope that this time around they remembered to put the pen down.

  • Big Black Duck

    this is just a mess …

  • Harry_Wild

    Love the Civic Type R’s performance and interior but not the outside looks! Too cartoonish for me! No AWD option is a miss for Honda!

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    You’d have thought they could’ve toned down the bumpers while they were at it. The ones on the sedan are a lot better.

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