With the imminent arrival of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R, the automaker has announced pricing for the performance hatchback. While the upgraded engine may make it the most powerful Civic yet, the Type R is also the least affordable: It starts at $43,990 (including a $1,095 destination surcharge) when it arrives at dealerships.
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Power, technology and security upgrades
According to Honda, the latest Civic Type R is the most powerful production vehicle. The redesign gives the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine a power boost to 315 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque, up from 306 hp and 300 pound-feet in the previous Type R and significantly higher than the standard Civic hatchback’s 180 hp and 188 pound-feet. The engine is again mated to a six-speed manual transmission; there is no vending machine available. The fuel economy estimated by the automaker is 22/28/24 mpg city/highway/combined.
New technical features focus on performance driving. A standard 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster includes a tachometer, gear position and rpm indicator. The LogR Performance Datalogger is now built into the vehicle rather than as a standalone app. A larger 9-inch touchscreen with built-in navigation, wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard. What doesn’t change is the Honda Sensing safety suite, which returns with Forward Collision Alert with Pedestrian Detection and Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
In addition to the performance upgrades, the hot hatch’s starting price includes exclusive high-reinforcement sports seats with red and black suede upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and unique badging. Five exterior colors are also available: Crystal Black Pearl, Rallye Red, Championship White, Sonic Gray Pearl and Boost Blue Pearl.
Release date, versus the competition
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R is expected to arrive Friday. Its starting price of nearly $44,000 is expected to be more expensive than the 2023 Civic hatch and Civic Si sedan — which start at $26,545 and $29,195 respectively — but it also falls on the higher side of its main rivals: the 2022 Subaru WRX currently starts at $30,600, the 2023 Toyota GR86 for $28,995 and the 2023 Volkswagen Golf R for $45,385.
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