It has been over a year since the world first laid eyes on the FK8 Honda Civic Type R, and it looks like the company is planning to introduce updates to ensure the hot hatch remains relevant in the face of increased competition from Hyundai, Renault, Volkswagen and Ford.

These test mules were spotted in the wild recently, and it looks like the Civic Type R will be given a number of design changes including tweaked bumpers with those at the front sporting additional dividers in the corner inlets.

Along with a new look for the headlights, the CTR’s other changes can be seen in the rear, where more dividers can be seen in the fake vents – likely done to make them less prominent. Curiously, some test cars were not fitted with the large rear wing that is a staple on the current car, but instead gets a smaller setup.

This could be done to meet the needs of customers who want a less flashy wing because the hyper-aggressive styling of the current car can be a little off putting to some. Recent rumours indicate that the CTR will be available in more variants in the future, and this could be our first look at a “milder” version of the model.

Expect the 2.0 litre turbocharged VTEC engine to remain in service, producing up to 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission. A more hardcore variant, if it ever exists, should do well to push those figures even higher.