Honda has redesigned the Civic for 2022 and the sporty Civic Si has been available for a while. However, the model we’re most looking forward to is the high-performance Civic Type R, which Honda unveiled in July and is currently shipping to dealers across the country.
The redesigned 2023 Civic Type R goes on sale this week for $43,990, including a $1,095 destination surcharge.
For that amount, buyers get a hot hatch with 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque generated by a 2.0-liter turbo-4, with drive to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission with a rev-match function.
The car is supported by the same platform as the regular Civic. The platform is stiffer compared to the platform it replaces, and this should help the Civic Type R in particular. It has 8% better torsional stiffness and 13% better bending stiffness, Honda claims. It also has a larger footprint: The Type R’s wheelbase grows 1.4 inches over its predecessor, and the track width grows by up to 1.0 inches.
2023 Honda Civic Type R
The interior of the latest Civic family has also seen major improvements in technology and refinement, including the use of digital screens for both the instrument panel and infotainment. In the rear, the Type R has two rear seats that are split by an armrest with integrated cup holders, instead of the regular three-seater.
Front bucket seats, wireless smartphone charging, Bose audio and some delightful red trim are all standard.
Honda is still sticking to the performance specs, but the automaker has confirmed that the car has managed to drive the Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan for front-wheel drive cars in record time. The Civic Type R recently went to the Nürburgring, so a record time could be achieved there.
Production takes place at Honda’s Yorii factory in Japan.