Honda already launched the all-new eleventh generation Civic — which earned a GP 100 nod — and the sportier Civic Si, one of the best cheap sports cars you can buy. But the model car enthusiasts have been waiting for is the new Civic Type R. It’s finally here, all-new for the 2023 model year. Honda just unveiled it. Here’s what you need to know.
The last Civic Type R featured super-aggressive styling. This time around, Honda employed far more restraint. The new Type R became longer, wider and lower like the new Civic, with far simpler lines. If you just drew a wing on the base Civic, that’s what the new Type R looks like. Type R paint color options include Historic Championship White, Rallye Red, Racing Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Grey Pearl.
Honda notes that the Civic Type R will get a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. We don’t have specific numbers yet. But we know it will be more potent than the departing model, which offered 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Type R should be quicker too. It set a new lap record for a front-wheel drive production car at Suzuka — a lap record it stole from the previous-gen Type R.
Honda pairs the 2.0-liter engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Honda says the stick shift is improved from the previous model and has a rev-matching system. The press release does not mention an automatic transmission being an option.
Honda uses red suede-like upholstery on the interior of the Civic Type R. It’s designed with a high friction coefficient to hold the driver in the seat during high G situations.
Honda says the Civic Type R will launch this fall. Pricing (and full specs) will be available closer to the date. Expect a price bump from the previous version, which started at $37,895 in 2021.
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