2023 Honda Civic Type R Revealed, Still More to Come

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey


2023 honda civic type r revealed still more to come

There have been teasers, and teasers, and teasers...and now we can see the 2023 Honda Type R uncovered.


Just don't ask about specs.


Because Honda hasn't listed them yet.


Instead we're told the body is lightweight and highly rigid, though it's not said how in relation to the last-gen car.


We are promised that the engine will have more power, so that's something a bit more concrete, and the six-speed manual, which appears to be the only available transmission, will be improved. Improved how, we don't know -- better gearing for acceleration? Shorter shifts?


Similarly, the suspension and steering are said to be "enhanced" and improved.

If we sound cranky, that's just because after all this time, we were hoping to hear some numbers. That said, the car looks great to this author's eye, even with the big boy-racer wing remaining as part of the experience. And having driven the current Civing Si, and having enjoyed it, I imagine the Type R will be quite good.


To be fair to Honda, the company does get a bit more clear with some things. This car is longer, lower, and wider than what it replaces. The tires are wider, the front-fender grilles larger, and there's a new side-sill to increase airflow efficiency. The rear wing and bumper are redesigned, the rear doors wider, and the rear diffuser is new.


But the three exhaust outlets remain.


Inside, the serialized dash plate moves to the dash, and the seats, carpet, and trim are red in Type R tradition. There will be data recording features specific to Type R.

Finally, the car will be available in five colors, including Historic Championship White, which is only available on Type R Civics. Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl, and Sonic Grey Pearl round out the menu.


Soon enough, we'll have specs, pricing, and an on-sale date. For now, though, you can gawk.

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  • John S. John S. on Jul 22, 2022

    Looks great. Too bad I would have to wait a year or two to consider it before the 'market adjustment' comes off. I can be foolish with my money, but I have my limits.

  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Jul 25, 2022

    Bolt in a hatch from a standard Civic and it would be perfect. Feeling a lot more want than I did for the last generation. Though as John S. says actually buying one will be a challenge.

  • FreedMike Can the final last call edition be the Secretary Special, with a V6 and a vinyl roof?
  • FreedMike I’ve never heard of this so I’ll have no problem not attending.
  • ToolGuy As I understand it, the Toyota Prius basically lasts forever because the engine gets a gentle duty cycle and the battery gets babied. This seems like the opposite of that.[Impressive tech, not for me, but then neither is the Prius.]
  • Dusterdude Excellent work ! Your stories are always linguistically interesting . Even if you weren’t writing about a quirky car on a long and adventuresome journey - I know your write up would still be interesting ! ( I also have a Soft spot for large cars - as my daily driver is a 2000 Chrysler Concorde )
  • MaintenanceCosts There have always been just two reasons to buy AMG cars: the menacing, hard-edged V8 warble, and the styling with subtle shapes but perfectly aggressive details. This is missing both of those things: the styling has gotten cartoonishly aggressive, and the engine will sound like a fart-can Civic. I don't understand why I should want it.
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