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.
Hot enough for you?
- 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
- Track-ready suspension
- 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
- Lap stopwatch
- 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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John Faulkner is Road Test Editor at Clean Fleet Report. He has more than 30 years’ experience branding, launching and marketing automobiles. He has worked with General Motors (all Divisions), Chrysler (Dodge, Jeep, Eagle), Ford and Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota on consumer events and sales training programs. His interest in automobiles is broad and deep, beginning as a child riding in the back seat of his parent’s 1950 Studebaker. He is a journalist member of the Motor Press Guild.