What to expect from the 2023 Honda Civic Type R


Volkswagen started the whole hatchback segment, but Honda perfected it and continues to do so. The original Civic Typer R hit the market in 1997. Since then, Honda has sold five generations of cars. Each improving the front-wheel-drive, front-engine car. The fifth-generation car won the record around the Nürburgring for a front-wheel-drive car, but then lost it to the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R. Tougher than its Volkswagen competition, the Honda leans more on the hot end of the hot hatch label. The eleventh generation Civic was launched in 2021. Now Honda engineers will launch the faster Type R model. As always, this iconic hot hatch has some big shoes to fill, but so far so good. With the return of the Integra to Honda’s Acura luxury division, this Civic Type R could also form the basis for the next-generation Integra Type R. As a result, this little Honda is still garnering so much attention.

The next and final Civic Type R is about to be the perfect hot-hatch.

What’s new on the 2023 Civic Type R?

That’s not quite the right question to ask regarding the Civic Type R. Each generation of the car has built on the legacy of the last. The FK8 Civic Type R, which hit the market in 2017, used a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. Producing 316 hp, this engine lined up with the vast majority of hot-hatches in this price range. With the traditionally more upscale, all-wheel-drive 2022 Volkswagen Golf R producing 320 hp from a four-cylinder engine, Honda will likely keep power in the 300 hp region. However, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG S produces 421 hp from the same displacement. A pre-production model broke a lap record at Suzuka in March that belonged to a special track-focused version of the old Type R. There’s no doubt this is a much better car . This generation of Civic Type R will more than likely be the last in the line of gasoline-powered hot hatches. With that in mind, Honda engineers could treat the gearing community to a little more horsepower and push the boundaries of a front-wheel-drive car one last time.

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With the eleventh-generation Civic as its base, this new Type R will benefit from the advantages of a modern sedan. The current car is both a sedan and a sedan. The design squared off the exterior features and entered the BMW realm in many ways. Although the Civic is a budget car, the model still has phone connectivity and a digital dashboard, but its capabilities fall far short of competing German brands. Interior quality also progressed in the eleventh generation. The previous generation Civic Type R was built on the base car’s interior with an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum shifter, bucket seats and red highlights. The new car will do the same, although it is a sportier car, the Type R will retain the infotainment display.

When will the 2023 Civic Type R be launched?

According to Honda, this new model will be launched to the public in early July. Appearing at the 200 NTT INDYCAR SERIES between July 1-3 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This track is in Lexington Ohio near the manufacturer’s first factory in the United States. Honda announced that the intention was for the car to perform demonstration laps of the circuit in a camouflaged livery. This might seem like a special place for the Japanese brand to launch its new flagship car. Yet the brand has won 11 of 16 races there since 2007. Likely to win on the circuit Honda hopes to combine the Type R with performance on the track.

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Still running with a camo livery so close to production, it might sound the alarm. After all, the base car has been sold for a year now, so the Type R can’t be much different from this one. Aside from an aerodynamic package and perhaps an extravagant spoiler, the Type R follows the design trend of the popular vehicle.

In spy shots, we can see that the Type R retains the large rear spoiler. At the rear of the car are three centrally mounted exhausts. Not fully revealed, the exterior of the car appears to be less aggressive than the FK8. At times this detracted from the vehicle, losing buyers to the more subtle and conventionally styled German hot hatchback rivals.

Will the 2023 Civic Type R get a manual?

Volkswagen moved its Golf R model to the DSG gearbox only this generation. The Renault Clio RS adopted a flappy paddle introduced in the middle of the last decade. Worryingly, the current standard Civic comes with a CVT unit. However, Honda assures the world that the Civic Type R will only come with a manual gearbox. According to the video announcing the Civic’s new record at Suzuka, the car will have a manual. The video shows the driver changing gears, even though the cabin was blurred out during the editing process. Often the talk online claims that the only way to enjoy a car is with a manual transmission. Yet when it comes to buying the car, most of those who buy a model get the automatic version, just look at the Porsche 911 GT3 cars. However affordable and designed for pure driving engagement, the Civic Type R revels in having a manual gearbox.

Source: Honda

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