2023 Honda Civic Type R

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In what is probably one of the more anticipated revealed of the year, Honda has just given the world its first comprehensive look at the all-new 2023 Civic Type R at an event in Los Angeles. While Type R versions of the Civic have been available in the rest of the world since 1997, it’s just the second generation of the Civic Type R come to the United States Based on the 11th generation Civic hatchback it was Introduced for 2021, the design is far more evolved than the last CTR.

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New Civic Type R: Exterior

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Gone is the overworked, boy-runner, “I wear my hat inside out and vape” design of the previous generation, replaced by clean lines all around on a longer, lower and wider body. Aside from the big fender, hood vent and red Type R badging, the rest of the new CTR is almost subtle. Especially in Historic Championship White, the Type R-exclusive paint color you see here.

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Up front, Honda has given the Type R a large lower grille – look closely, and you can see a massive intercooler behind – a front spoiler and the red badging we’ve come to expect on Type R products.

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The good news is that Honda claims that every Type R scoop or vent is fully functional, for cooling, aerodynamics or both. Vents behind the front wheels help cool the front brakes, and the vent in the hood extracts hot air from the engine compartment.

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At the rear there is a huge black wing which, again, is functional. The rear bumper is unique to the Type R, with an updated version of the triple outlet exhaust that we saw on the last generation CTR and rear diffuser strakes.

2023 Honda Civic Type R: Interior

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The Type R’s interior is fantastic, building on the vastly improved interior of the 11th Gen Civic. The biggest update with the new Type R: even more red upholstery. The seats, which were once red with black accents, are now all red, and even the carpet is now red instead of black. The seats are upholstered in a suede-like material. After sitting in them, they are incredibly grippy and should have no problem holding a rider in place through tight turns.

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New Civic Type R: engine and transmission

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Honda’s familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder returns, as does the six-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching (which, thankfully, you can disable). The suspension and steering have been tuned at the Nurburgring to be more responsive and precise.

Honda also added a new driving mode called +R, activated by a button near the gear lever. At present, we only know that this button calls for a new performance-focused layout for the dash (showing a large horizontal rev readout) and center display (with auxiliary gauge readouts for engine temperature). coolant, oil pressure, etc.). We suspect the +R mode also dials in more aggressive drivetrain and chassis settings, but we’ll have to wait for details on all of that.

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The Type R also features a track-oriented data recording system called Honda LogR, which records real-time vehicle information such as pedal pressure and steering angle, as well as a stopwatch for record lap times and a camera for lap videos.

2023 Civic Type R: performance and power

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As for performance, well, Honda hasn’t released any details on horsepower, torque, 0-60, etc. The ’23 Type R is significantly faster than its predecessor on the track: Honda recently set a front-wheel-drive record at Suzuka with a prototype of the car you see here. Honda claims the 2023 Type R will be the most powerful Honda vehicle ever offered in the United States; those numbers, along with pricing details, will be available later this year.

We’ll have to wait for more details as the Civic Type R’s on-sale date gets closer. The Type R is expected to launch fully this fall.

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Image for article titled 2023 Honda Civic Type R: That's it

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Image for article titled 2023 Honda Civic Type R: That's it

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