Honda’s Hot Hatch doesn’t appear drastically different from before – and that’s perfectly OK.
- Honda finally introduced the 2023 Civic Type R on Wednesday, after much anticipation.
- Honda has released a new stingy confirming surprise of the official specifications.
- They appeared during the meeting of the forthcoming generation of the Japanese automaker’s enormous Slaying hot hatch.
New Features for 2023
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R aims to provide an even more thrilling driving experience with its upgraded power and sleek new design. The car features a larger chassis and smaller, wider wheels with improved cooling for the brakes. The upgraded engine and transmission boost the car’s output by 9 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the car’s onboard datalogger no longer requires a smartphone app and can now be accessed directly from the infotainment touchscreen.
Civic Type R is simply a more complicated version of today’s car’s 2.0 liter turbocharged I4 engine.The CTR additionally includes a speed manual transmission with self (automatic) matching.
How Much Power Can You Expect?
Honda has not provided any details on the exact power output of the new 2.0-liter engine, however they have stated that it will be more powerful and responsive than the previous version, with an estimated 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Another noteworthy feature is the use of 265/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on 19-inch wheels, which is a departure from the previous Type R’s 245/30 tires on 20-inch wheels. It’s unclear if this change is specific to certain regions.
What’s Different in the New Frame?
When asked about frame modifications, Honda said “new Type R will feature improved suspension and steering performance”. Additionally, the car will be equipped with brakes made by Brembo. The overall design of the CTR hatchback has been updated for a cleaner look and now features a large wing and a unique tri-tip exhaust system.
The intentionally confusing language around the Civic Type R’s launch strikes us as in a positive way. Honda can also preserve the old car’s engine and chassis beneath the body of the new car. Even if they call it one day, we could be completely happy. The Type R that is now on the market is one of the best driving performance cars that money can buy. So, that is why we are excited for the upcoming car, hoping not to lose any of that commitment.
When it comes to the inside of the vehicle, the 2023 Type R benefits greatly from the 11th generation Civic’s update. This update also includes the clear dash, center console plan, and several other new innovations. The digital device cluster and infotainment screen of the Hatchback’s 10.2 seem to retain the capabilities of the comparable wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The digital gadget is 10.2-inch in size, while the information screen is 9-inch. That’s the Type R, but don’t forget to look for the bolstered seats and the metal shift to avoid being sunburned on hot days.
Price Tag Breakdown: Which Civic Type R is Right for You?
You may expect the 2023 Civic Type R to start around $40,000, which is not surprising given that Honda has not released pricing details. That is the expected price based on the last introduction of the 2021 Type R, which was priced at $38,910 with destination. Could also obtain the final MSRP and all other details before the Type R enters showrooms this autumn.
In short, the Honda Civic Type R offers a budget-friendly starting price that matches its high-performance capabilities. With limited additional options available, the CTR is not only more affordable than the Volkswagen Golf R, but it also comes in at a similar price point as the base model Toyota Supra. Whether you prefer a two-seater or a four-seater, the Civic Type R is an affordable sports car that offers the added convenience of five doors.
A Closer Look At : Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2023 Civic Type R boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which has been redesigned with a more efficient exhaust system to increase power output to 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
To further improve performance, the car features a larger radiator, improved brake cooling, and a higher rpm for the active exhaust valve. The six-speed manual transmission has also been updated with a lighter flywheel and a revised rev-match system.
The front-drive-only Honda uses a dual-axis strut front suspension that effectively suppresses torque steer. The new Civic Type R has a bold design with a prominent rear wing, aerodynamic addenda, 19-inch wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
At the test track, the car reached 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds at 106 mph. Additionally, it achieved a lateral acceleration of 1.02 g’s on the skidpad.
How the 2023 Civic Type R Achieves Real-World MPG?
The new Civic Type R’s fuel efficiency has not been compromised despite the slight increase in horsepower, according to the EPA’s estimates. The hot hatch has a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is on par with the six-speed manual Golf R.
However, the Golf R has an advantage with an additional 2 mpg on the highway when equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. The real-world fuel efficiency of the Type R will be further evaluated on a 75-mph highway fuel-economy route as part of our extensive testing process.
Does the new Civic Type R have a comfortable and spacious interior?
The new Civic Type R features a sporty and sleek interior design, with red accents, faux carbon-fiber trim, and comfortable and supportive front seats. The aluminum shift knob can get hot to the touch, so be mindful of the temperature. Additionally, the digital cluster features shift light indicators to help avoid reaching the redline during shifts. In terms of passenger and cargo space, the Civic Type R offers the same as the regular Civic hatchback, making it a great option for both performance and practicality.
Is wireless connectivity available in this car?
This car offers advanced infotainment and connectivity features, including a large touchscreen display, smartphone integration, and a variety of advanced connectivity options such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The infotainment system is easy to use and offers a variety of features to keep you connected and entertained while on the road.
How does this car perform in safety tests?
The crash test results for the 2023 Civic Type R are not yet available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, it is expected to include a range of standard driver-assistance features such as:
- Forward-Collision Warning
- Automated emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keeping assist
- Adaptive cruise control
What kind of maintenance coverage comes with the Civic Type R?
The Honda Civic Type R comes with a standard limited and powertrain warranty for three years or 36,000 miles and five years or 60,000 miles respectively, but does not include complimentary maintenance. In comparison, other manufacturers such as Hyundai offer more comprehensive coverage options.