Officially out of its camouflage, the all-new Honda Civic Type R has been unveiled in the U.S. at a special event in Los Angeles, California. Honda America regarded the incoming Honda Civic Type R as the most powerful model in the 30 years of Type R history.
Based on the 11th generation Civic Hatchback, the all-new Honda Civic Type R is the most powerful Honda vehicle offered in the U.S. The hot hatch packs class-leading performance housed in a low and wide design and a new immersive high-performance cockpit layout that offers exhilarating driving experience.
“Even in this ‘year of the Honda SUV,’ it’s great to be part of a brand that remains focused on the thrilling performance and joy of driving delivered by the all-new Civic Type R,” said Mike Kistemaker, assistant, vice president of Honda sales at American Honda. “Type R is about more than speed, power and handling. It’s how a great car makes you feel that really matters and that’s what the all-new Civic Type R is all about.”
The Honda Civic Type R was first introduced in 1997 as the high performance version of the popular econo Honda model. Despite being exclusively sold in Japan, the Civic Type R has become one of the most popular models in Honda’s Type R range. Its popularity among enthusiasts can be attributed to its motorsport appearances in various parts of the globe.
With the incoming 2023 Honda Civic Type R being only the second Civic Type R in the U.S, the new Civic Type R has already lived up to its promise of being the best performing Civic Type R ever with an impressive performance at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan where it set a new record lap time for front-wheel drive production car.
Like the all-new generation Civic, the incoming Civic Type R sports longer, lower, and wider design features. It also features a more streamlined aerodynamic design than the previous Civic Type R FK8. A more dynamic set of front fascia components than the base model Civic. The Civic Type R features larger fender flares with grills and a cleaner yet aggressive front bumper which features functional front air vents. The wide stance from the rear is accentuated by the new Civic Type R’s wider rear doors that are exclusive to the Type R. It also features a new rear wing design which sports what seemed like GT-style mounts. Also, the three-tip exhaust was carried over from the FK8.
Powering the 2023 Honda Civic Type R is the improved version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC K-series engine paired with an improved six-speed manual transmission. Like the FK8, the all-new Civic Type R also features a rev-matching system.
Inside, the all-new Civic Type R still features the Type R signature red seats, carpet, and trim. The Type R serialized plate is now placed on the dash. A new +R driving mode exclusive meter design allows the driver to obtain necessary information instantly, with a graphic engine rpm display, rev indicator lights, and gear position indicator placed at the top. A lower multi-information display can show vehicle information selected by the driver.
Carried from the last revamp of the previous FK8, the Honda LogR data logger will be standard in the all-new Civic Type R. The LogR provides real-time information on the vehicle behavior resulting from the driver’s input. The system also features a stopwatch to record lap times as well as the ability to share driving videos.
Official launch of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 in the U.S. will be sometime Q4 of this year. Further details and pricing will be revealed before its launch date.