More than a year after the unveiling of the 11th generation Civic, Honda finally comes full circle with the presentation of the high-performance version of the model, the Type R. Following the regular and Si variants, the Civic range is now complete.
The problem is that the surprise isn’t that great because we’ve seen versions of the tested model. In addition, the renewal of the other variants gave us a good idea of the direction Honda should take with its jewel.
However, here’s what we’ve been told so far. For now yes as more information is to come including price range and information we would like to know.
For this second round in North America, the 2023 Civic Type R was extensively tested until recently setting a new track record for a front-wheel drive production car at Suzuka Circuit, Japan, where a Formula 1 race is held.
We are therefore entitled to the most powerful type of citizen in history. And how did we get there?
The new Type R benefits from a lighter body with increased rigidity that improves its stability at high speeds. The model is more responsive than ever to its driver’s commands, Honda says. In addition, the suspension elements and steering offer even greater precision than before.
Considering the precise driving character of the previous model, it looks promising. In particular, the car was tested at the famous Nürburgring in Germany. It’s road AND track ready.
Mechanically, it continues to be powered by a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, a block that works exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox that has also benefited from improvements. The engine speed synchronization system is always present during downshifts.
Where we have to be disappointed is that Honda has yet to announce the performance of the mechanics. We can suspect it’ll be more than the current engine’s 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, but we’ll wait again.
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Aesthetically, the shared images speak for themselves. Compared to the model it replaces, the new Type R is longer, lower and wider. The aerodynamics have been improved, so the downforce is greater. Reducing the drag coefficient was also one of the goals. We also note the presence of wider tires and a unique signature at the rear, namely the presence of three exhaust ports. A redesigned spoiler and a new rear diffuser are easy to spot.
The Civic Type R will be available in five different colors: Historic Championship White, Rally Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Gray Pearl..
Inside, of course, we’re entitled to an improved presentation of the regular Civic, but the signature will of course be exclusive to the Type R, particularly with suede upholstery that limits body slide when the machine is pushed. The license plate of the model found on the console with the cuvée replaced is now visible on the dashboard.
A data logger (Honda LogR) even provides real-time information about the work of the mechanics and the behavior of the vehicle resulting from the driver’s intervention. Other key features include a stopwatch to record lap times and the ability to share driving videos.
The 2023 Civic Type R is slated to debut in the fall, and then we’ll be told pricing, along with other information including trim levels, engine power, fuel economy and more.
2023 Honda Civic Type R pictures