2023 Honda Civic Type R Revealed, Still More to Come


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.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird The Buick 215/3.5-liter aluminum V8 was one of GMs great engines. Unfortunately GM being GM in one of their greatest mistakes was selling off the tooling to BL. If they kept it around and improved upon it it would have been a fine motor for their compacts and midsize models through the OPEC oil crisis.
  • Chris P Bacon Not sure why a '21 is getting reviewed, because there have been improvements to the 4xe. I've got a '22 4xe Sahara. May 2022 build in High-Velocity yellow with a soft top. As soon as it was announced I knew I wanted to try it, not for the fuel mileage, but for the technology. I don't have a Level 2 charger, it charges fully overnight on the included Level 1. I see an indicated range of 27 miles regularly. Today it indicated 29 when I unplugged. I've only filled the gas tank three times in 2500 miles, a full charge costs me about $3 based on my current electricity supplier. I don't experience the rough transitions between electric and gas, so maybe Jeep figured it out? It's stupid fast when using all the power off the line. So much so that it will break the rear wheels loose when you stomp on it. I agree that plugin hybrids are the future. I see no need for a pure electric. This is the way to go.
  • RHD The word B R O N C O written in contrasting paint on the dashboard is quite unnecessary. The passenger certainly knows what kind of vehicle he or she is in. That detail is a big fail. The red and white Bronco looks great, especially with tires that have honest-to-goodness sidewalls on them.
  • Luke42 Aren't those trim levels just different colors of paint?That's what they sound like, at least. 🤷‍♂️
  • Varezhka BEVs are not getting any more affordable because most of the cost is material, unlike mostly steel (cheap) gas powered cars.It’s like asking why gold and platinum aren’t getting any cheaper. And it’s only going to get worse with the sudden global interest in BEVs.
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