Honda’s Hot Hatch Gets Hotter
This hot hatch is getting hotter, as the 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be the most powerful Civic ever. Honda invited the automotive press to the Hawthorne Jet Center in Southern California in mid-July to pull the sheet off the new Civic Type R. Exciting as the reveal was, Honda was a bit light on technical specifications, so this is what we know so far.
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Performance numbers were not announced, but the current Type R is good for 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque
6-speed manual transmission with rev-matching
Longer, lower and wider than the current Type R
255/30ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport+ tires
Lightweight rigid body
Redesigned front bumper, rear spoiler and rear defuser, new flared fenders, reshaped rear bumper with three exhaust outlets
Five exterior colors: Historic Championship White, Rally Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl, and Sonic Grey Pearl
All new interior design with red seats, carpet and trim
Suede-like seat fabric to reduce body slipping
The new +R drive mode has a meter that provides the driver with instant information, including a graphic rpm display, rev indicator lights and gear position indicator
The Honda LogR data device provides real-time driving information
The ability to share driving videos
Pricing and Availability
The 2023 Honda Civic R Type will go on sale in fall 2022. Pricing has not been announced.
Observations: 2023 Honda Civic Type R
Clean Fleet Report wishes we could tell you more, but like us, you will have to wait a few more months to learn about what looks to be a great handling hot hatch. Until then, we have included photos from the reveal event for a look at how a couple hundred members of the press were introduced to the all-new 2023 Honda Civic R Type.
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Story by John Faulkner. Photos by John Faulkner and Honda.
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Source: Clean Fleet Report