While the all-new Honda 2023 Civic Type R is yet to be showcased, the hot hatch is already setting up record-breaking lap times at the Suzuka International Racing Course.

Honda recently took the Type R prototype for a spin around the circuit and came home with the best lap time of 2:23.12. For reference, that’s 0.873 seconds quicker than its predecessor, the current-generation Type R Limited Edition, which itself broke the track record back in 2017. 

Honda has kept things pretty hush-hush about the new Civic Type R. Even during its run, the car was shod in camouflage. However, from the looks of it, the new-gen Civic Type R seems to be sporting the same silhouette as the older model, bar a few changes. 

This includes a much larger intake which is now placed a bit lower. Then there is the much beefier front grille which now comes with a honeycomb mesh, along with a higher and flatter rear wing. 

From the onboard footage, the interiors (also camouflaged) seem to be using the same layout as the 2021 Civic Type R, which would be interesting to see. 

While the specifications are yet to be revealed, we suspect it is the same 2.0-litre, turbocharged mill seen in the last two generations. Although, we do expect Honda to bump up the 320hp power figure by a bit. 

Also considering how it was quicker than the track-focused version of the outgoing car, we are expecting some upgrades to be made to the tyres, brakes and suspension setup as well. 

With Honda retaining its crown at Suzuka, it may now head to the Nürburgring to try and beat the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R’s record of being the fastest front-wheel-drive car. As far as when we’ll see the 2023 Type R in flesh, Honda might unveil the car sometime next year.