When the 2023 Honda Civic Type R was revealed about a month ago, a lot of details were released, but none of those were related to how the vehicle performs. Today, however, we now have a clue on how the Civic Type R improves upon the outgoing FK8 generation.
The information you’re about to see comes courtesy of a leaked Japanese brochure that was posted in the Civic XI forums, and we finally get to know some of the Type R’s important stats.
The first one is with regard to its engine. We know that it is powered by the same 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine as the outgoing model, but Honda did not reveal how much power it will produce–until today. The new Civic Type R’s engine now produces 326 hp (+20 hp) and 420 Nm (+20 Nm) of torque, which is more powerful than the Philippine-spec FK8 it replaces. This means that the new FL5 Civic Type R is indeed what Honda claims to be the most powerful Civic Type R ever.
However, while the new Civic Type R is more powerful, it is also slightly heavier, with the Philippine-spec FK8 weighing in at 1,392 kg versus the FL5’s 1,430 kg. This is for the Japanese-spec model though, which means that the weight difference could potentially differ per market.
The brochure also says that the 1st through 6th gear ratios are unchanged from the FK8, but the final drive has been changed from 4.111 to 3.482. This should also result in a higher top speed, but that has not yet been revealed by Honda.
Honda did reveal during its launch that a lot of the chassis and handling components have been enhanced from the FK8. They also claimed that the Civic Type R has already set a front-wheel drive (FWD) lap record at Suzuka Circut. The ultimate goal, however, is to reclaim the Type R’s FWD title at the Nurburgring away from the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy R.
Based on all of these specs, are you excited for the arrival of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R in the Philippines?