There’s no denying the importance of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R to car enthusiasts. It is, after all, one of the best front-wheel drive (FWD) performance cars to exist in the world. Therefore, the launch of an all-new model is always an important one, and this 2023 model Civic Type R is no exception.
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R isn’t just the most powerful Civic Type R ever, but it’s also the more powerful vehicle to ever wear the Type R badge. Yes, we’ve officially come to the point that the Civic Type R now produces more power than the NSX Type R. It’s powered by the same tried-and-tested 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine as the outgoing FK8 model, but Honda did not yet say just how much more it produces compared to the previous model’s 310 hp and 400 Nm figure. This is still routed through the front wheels via a 6-speed manual that also has rev-matching capabilities.
Honda has not yet mentioned the Civic Type R’s engineering and mechanical upgrades, but we’re pretty sure that this new model gets a proper limited-slip differential (LSD) and the dual-axis strut front suspension that nearly eliminated all forms of torque steer from the previous FK8. The obligatory Brembo four-piston brakes at the front are also there, but the most noticeable handling change that Honda has done (for now) is the reduction of its wheel size. The FK8 rode on massive 20-inch wheels, but the new Civic Type R is now rolling on 19-inch wheels, which are lighter and have less rotational mass.
As for its design, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R is a great step forward in our eyes. We eventually disliked the previous FK8’s juvenile design due to its sheer amount of fake vents and ostentatious amount of aero, but the new model’s muted and cleaner design is winning our hearts. Also, the rear doors have also been flared out to match the wider fender flares, which is unlike in the FK8 wherein its widened rear fender flares looked like aftermarket add-ons as a result. There’s also a track-ready spoiler and the Civic Type R’s signature triple exhaust layout.
Inside, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R comes with the 11th generation Civic’s premium interior, but with significantly more splashes of red. The 10.2-inch digital gauges and 9-inch screen have unique menus and graphics for the Civic Type R, including a unique gauge layout when the car is in R+ mode. Topping it all off are its bucket seats and plaque on the metal honeycomb vents indicating its production number.
More details about the new Civic Type R will be announced closer to its on-sale date in North America, Europe, and Japan, which is already at the fall of 2022. A Philippine launch will most likely happen in the first half of 2023.