The 2023 Honda Civic Type R has officially returned. Like the rest of the current generation Civic, it looks more mature, ditching the boy race looks of the previous iteration. Thanks to a more rigid body, the new car features improved high-speed stability and responses. Its steering and suspension received improvements, too, enhancing its driving feel. Under the hood you’ll find an updated 2.0-liter turbo-four. Honda says it’s more powerful and responsive than the older version but didn’t disclose any figures. As before, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R comes only with an updated six-speed manual gearbox.
You can distinguish the Civic Type R from other models thanks to the wider fender flares, large alloy wheels, and a honeycomb grille. It also gets new side sills improve air flow while wider rear doors enhance the car’s width. The new rear spoiler, reshaped rear bumper and diffuser, and three exhaust tips round out the design tweaks. Five exterior colors will be offered: Rallye Red, Racing Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Sonic Grey Pearl, and the iconic Championship White.
Inside, the Civic Type R gets bucket seats finished in two-tone red and black, suede-like upholstery, and a metal shifter. On the dash, you’ll find a serialized number plate. The +R drive mode now gets a unique meter graphic on the digital cluster. It includes rev indicator lights and gear positioning. The Honda LogR data logger provides real-time information on mechanical movements and vehicle behavior based on driver input. Based on one of the photos, the Civic Type R now includes an Individual drive mode. This allows you to personalize the entire driving experience by changing how every component operates.
2023 Honda Civic Type R: When Can I Buy One?
Honda will provide more details on the 2023 Civic Type R closer to its fall launch. Expect the car to come exclusively as a single loaded model. Pricing, on the other hand, should start at $38,000. As a result of the improvements made, it may increase to over $40,000. Regardless of where it lands, the Civic Type R splits the difference between the Volkswagen Golf R and less potent rivals like the Hyundai Elantra N and Kona N, and Subaru WRX.