The all new 2023 Honda Civic Type-R is going to appeal to more people than the previous generation. The previous generation received a lot of criticism over how “boy racer” the Type-R looked and how lots of visual features of the car seemed exaggerated. The new 2023 Civic Type-R is a more subtle, yet visually different than the non Type-R Civics, which reminds me a bit of the visual differences between say a BMW 335i and a M3. Wider fenders, more aggressive features, spoiler and new wheels set the Type-R apart from the get-go.
And it doesn’t stop at just new looks. The new 2023 Civic Type-R is also Honda’s most powerful Type-R yet, and still rides on a FWD chassis. Honda hasn’t yet revealed too many specs such as how much horsepower is in the new car, but we estimate around 350, with much much more than that once the aftermarket gets a hold of it. The engine is still a 2.0 Turbo with a 6 speed manual transmission that I’ve heard is buttery smooth.
The new 11th Generation Honda Civic chassis is lightweight and highly rigid and will give the Type-R a great platform to crush some FWD lap times.
Longer, lower and wider, the new Type R’s muscular yet sleek and sophisticated design features beautifully integrated advanced aerodynamics to achieve well-balanced downforce, as well as a reduction of drag.
Brawny fenders flare out over lightweight wheels wrapped in wider tires. A new more aggressive front bumper design features a sporty honeycomb grille mesh that echoes the intricate honeycomb trim inside the cabin. Larger front fender grilles and a new side sill design behind the front wheels enhances airflow efficiency. Its more aggressive stance is accentuated by wider rear doors exclusive to Type R, a redesigned rear spoiler, and a reshaped rear bumper that reveals its signature three round exhaust outlets and new rear diffuser.Honda
The Type-R is going to be available in 5 colors, Championship White (awesome historic color used by previous Type-R’s), Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Grey Pearl.
Known 2023 Honda Civic Type-R Specs
- Powered by a 2.0L Turbo VTEC engine
- Estimated to start at $39,000
- All new sedan style
- More horsepower than the previous generation which had 306hp and 295 tq
- Available manual transmission (save the manuals!)
- 19″ Wheels instead of 20″ like on the previous generation
- Still FWD only, no AWD available
- Still has the classic 3 exhaust tips
I think this generation Civic Type-R will be a winner, and will have a very strong aftermarket following similar to all other Civic trims. I’m excited to see these cars on the road!
Looking forward to reviewing the new 11th Generation Civic Type-R!