Honda first unveiled the new Civic Type R in July, but it didn’t give all the details. More information was to come a month later when the automaker announced its horsepower and torque count, but pricing has remained a mystery until now. The 2023 Civic Type R starts at $43,990 (price includes the destination surcharge of $1,095), and the car starts arriving at dealers today.
For that price, customers get Honda’s most powerful model ever sold in America. The car’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 315 horsepower (235 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton meters) of torque. That is an increase of 9 and 15 respectively compared to the outgoing model. A six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission available.
The new Civic Type R is slightly larger than the model it replaces and grows in length and width. Honda has also retuned the car’s suspension to make it more roadworthy, although it will still perform on the track. The new Type R now holds the front-wheel drive production record on Suzuka, 0.8 seconds ahead of the previous generation car.
Model Price (incl. $1,095 Destination Fee) 2023 Honda Civic Type R $43,990
The Type R takes on a unique visual identity, with a more aggressive design at the front with revised corner intakes and a mesh grille. Subtle wheel arches and sills adorn the side, while the rear diffuser houses the triple exhaust tips. It’s a noticeable upgrade in style over the standard model. Inside, Honda only offers the Civic Type R with a black interior and red contrast stitching. However, the automaker also installed a new R+ driving mode and an improved LogR data logger that measures real-time performance stats.
The car is available in five colors with Sonic Gray Pearl, Championship White and Boost Blue Pearl costing an additional $395. The two free colors are Crystal Black Pearl and Rallye Red. Other upgrades include 19-inch forged alloy wheels for $3,100, a carbon fiber wing for $2,250 and a $400 Alcantara handlebar. Matte black 19-inch wheels are standard.
Mamadou Diallo, vice president of sales at American Honda, said the Type R is “the perfect capstone” for the 11th-generation Civic range. The previous Type R had a starting price of just under $39,000, and the 2023 model cost about $5,000 more than before.