Honda finally unveiled its long-awaited 2023 Honda Civic Type R this week offering fans a look at the next generation of its highly demanded hot hatch. However, the company didn’t share much on the official specs though it’s clear it has some new tweaks.
According to Honda, the new Civic Type R is the “fastest, most powerful Honda-branded vehicle ever” offered in the U.S. The Japanese company also stated that the new generation combines its class-leading performance with a low and wide design and a new immersive high-performance cockpit experience that “enhances the exhilaration of driving”.
“Even in this “year of the Honda SUV,” it’s great to be part of a brand that remains focused on the thrilling performance and joy of driving delivered by the all-new Civic Type R,” said Mike Kistemaker, assistant, vice president of Honda sales at American Honda. “Type R is about more than speed, power and handling. It’s how a great car makes you feel that really matters and that’s what the all-new Civic Type R is all about.”
So far, what we can tell is that the 2023 Honda Type R will be powered by a tweaked version of the current car’s 2.0-litre turbocharged I4 engine. The CTR will also have a six-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching.
Regards to how much torque and power the engine will be able to put out is still a mystery. However, according to Honda, the 2.0-litre engine is “even more powerful and responsive” than the outgoing version, which made 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The new Type R also rides on 265/30-series Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires wrapping 19-inch wheels — an interesting change, since the outgoing Type R rode on narrower 245/30 tires with larger 20-inch wheels.
The 2023 Honda Type R may not look so gorgeous or sport a distinct look that defines it uniquely, but that’s not really a big issue since it still looks neat and exceptionally good. And we hope the chassis comes with some really nice surprises.
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R Promises an Immersive Cockpit Experience
Honda says the Civic Type R comes with an all-new interior that supports “intense driving experiences” with emotive, performance-focused details and features. It also comes with the iconic red seats, carpet and trim, and a serialized Type R plate now placed on the dash.
The 2023 Type R also benefits from all the 11th-generation Civic improvements, including a clean dash and centre console design having lots of new technology to boot. There’s a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a 9-inch infotainment screen that seem to support wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. There’s also automatic dual-zone climate control and a fully digital gauge cluster.
Aside from the exterior changes, Honda says the 2023 Typer R comes with a new +R driving mode exclusive meter design that allows the driver to obtain necessary information instantly, with a graphic engine rpm display, rev indicator lights, and gear position indicator placed at the top. A lower multi-information display can show vehicle information selected by the driver.
As for chassis upgrades, Honda says the Type R has “enhanced suspension and steering performance,” and like the outgoing model, the braking hardware comes from Brembo. The CTR’s hatchback shape is much, much cleaner than before, but still features a large wing and Honda’s super cool tri-tip exhaust.
Honda says that the new lightweight and highly rigid body of the Type R help improve “high-speed stability and scalpel-sharp responses”. The company also stated that its track-ready, Nürburgring-tuned and tested since it has a more powerful and responsive version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that is paired with an improved six-speed manual transmission and rev-matching system for an even more intimate and rewarding connection with the driver.
“The intentionally vague language surrounding the Civic Type R’s debut actually strikes us as a good thing. Honestly, Honda could put the old car’s engine and chassis under the new car’s body, call it a day and we’d be perfectly happy.” — Steven Ewing, CNET.
Honda hasn’t released pricing information about the new Type R but we expect it to start around $40,000 since the 2021 model came in at $38,910 including destination. We expect the final MSRP including other details about the car to be released in the fall as the Type R hits the dealerships.
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