Honda Previews All-New Civic Type R

When released, the new Civic Type R will be the fastest, most powerful Honda-branded vehicle ever offered in the U.S., the automaker announced.

“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.”

Only the second Civic Type R model ever sold in the United States, the all-new 2023 Civic Type R recently set a new production-car front-wheel drive track record at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, home to the Formula 1 Honda Japanese Grand Prix 2022, securing its legacy as the best performing Civic Type R ever.

Based on the all-new 11th generation Civic Hatchback, a new lightweight and highly rigid body helps improve high speed stability and response, Honda engineers said, and is improved further by enhanced suspension and steering performance.

The car will be powered by a more powerful and responsive version of Honda’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and paired with an improved six-speed manual transmission and rev-matching system, while its design features integrated advanced aerodynamics to increase downforce and reduce drag.

Fenders flare out over lightweight wheels wrapped in wider tires, and a new front bumper design features a honeycomb grille mesh. Larger front fender grilles and a new side sill design behind the front wheels enhances airflow efficiency, Honda said, along with wider rear doors exclusive to Type R, a redesigned rear spoiler, and a reshaped rear bumper that highlights its three round exhaust outlets and new rear diffuser.

Civic Type R will be available in five colors: Historic Championship White – a Type R exclusive finish, Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Grey Pearl.

Civic Type R’s all-new interior aims to emphasize performance-focused details and features, the automaker said, with red seats, carpet and trim, and a serialized Type R plate now placed on the dash are new for the 2023 model year.

A new +R driving mode exclusive meter design allows the driver to obtain necessary information 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.

The Honda LogR data logger provides real-time information on the mechanical movements of the vehicle and vehicle behavior resulting from the driver’s input. Other key features include a stopwatch to record lap times and the ability to share driving videos.

Pricing and additional details on the 2023 Civic Type R will be provided closer to launch this fall.

A.J. Hecht

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