2023 Honda Civic Type R.. 2023 Honda Civic Type R. At Honda , 2023 is the year of SUVs with its new HR-V , CR-V and soon Pilot , but in the midst of all this, we must not forget the car that embodies the pinnacle of sportiness and performance. : the Civic Type R.
Also completely revised and improved, based on the next-generation Civic hatchback , the 2023 Type R made its official debut on Wednesday evening at a special event in Los Angeles.
The most powerful in 30 years of history.
Honda is proud to say that the new Civic Type R peaks in horsepower… but we still have to guess how many horsepower there is under the hood (the outgoing model had 306, remember). The company is saving this information, along with torque, acceleration times and many other technical details, for a later date. Damage…
What we do know is that the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine has been reworked to increase its responsiveness and make the Type R faster than ever, as evidenced by the new track record for a car from traction series on the Suzuka circuit in Japan. The six-speed manual transmission is also improved.
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R also benefits from a new lightweight and very rigid body that maximizes high-speed stability and cornering handling, as well as even more suspension and steering. efficient.
Less aggressive, more aerodynamic.
Compared to the Type R that we know, the new generation displays a less delinquent or less aggressive look if you prefer. But that, we saw it coming. Red accents are gone except for the «R» letters and Honda logos.
On the other hand, being slightly longer, lower and wider, the car gains in aerodynamics. The rear spoiler is still prominent and well raised, but its design has evolved.
Below, you’ll notice the diffuser is more massive and the triple tailpipes are back, except the bigger one is now in the middle. The lower bodywork is modified and the 19-inch light-alloy wheels (which retain essentially the same styling as before) are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres.
Three paint colors will be available: the traditional Victory White as shown, which remains exclusive to the Type R, Sonic Gray and Rally Red.
A Civic +R.
Finally, as for the interior of the 2023 Civic Type R, it is modeled on that of the regular Civic, but mainly stands out for the red of its seats (upholstered in suede), its carpeting and its trim. .
The aluminum gear knob is unique to this high-performance version. Ditto for the digital display of the dashboard, with a +R mode which allows the driver to obtain the necessary information instantly. Moreover, a +R button is added to the console, presumably to access a driving mode whose settings will have been personalized in advance.
Also noteworthy is the central nine-inch touch screen and, on the dashboard, the numbered Type R plate. According to information that has leaked recently, the number of copies in Canada will be very limited .
00:00 Honda Civic Type R.
00:29 The most powerful in 30 years of history.
01:26 Less aggressive, more aerodynamic.
02:24 A Civic +R.