Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has officially launched the next-generation 2023 Honda Civic Type R in the country. The hot hatch was unveiled during the brand’s media thanksgiving party, wherein it was also announced that only 39 units will be sold.
The new 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. It’s powered by the same tried-and-tested 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine as the outgoing FK8 model, which now produces 320 hp (+10 hp) and 420 Nm (+20 Nm). This is still routed through the front wheels via a 6-speed manual that also has rev-matching capabilities.
Numerous handling improvements were made to transform the Civic into a Type R. The Type R is 15 percent more rigid compared to the standard Civic, and it gets four-piston Brembo brakes up front. An aluminum hood and resin tailgate also help keep the weight down. Like the outgoing FK8, the FL5 uses a dual-axis strut front suspension to eliminate torque steer—a problem with having all that power routed to the front wheels. 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 and also the aerodynamics contest. No specific numbers were provided, but the cleaner design of the Civic Type R managed to improve its aerodynamics. 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. 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.
Even Honda’s most potent offering in the Philippines comes with the full Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assistance tech. This includes the usual automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. However, unlike other Hondas that utilize a LaneWatch camera for the blind spot warning, the Civic Type R comes with a proper blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert.
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R is now on sale in the Philippines with an initial batch of 39 units. Each will be sold for P3,880,000, so if you want to be one of the first 39 owners, you better act fast.