What to Expect from the 2023 Honda Civic Type R

Here’s everything you need to know about the hot car before it debuts in June this year

With the introduction of the 11th-gen Civic family not too long ago, hot hatch fans are eagerly waiting to witness the all-powerful and more advanced Type R model which Honda teased back in October 2021. The new-gen Civic looks subtle, and the Type R, is not going to be an exception. But, there are some confirmed specs about the upcoming model that might be the last fully gas-powered Type R. Here’s all you need to know about it before its official debut in the coming months.

A More Spiced-up Look Compared To The Other Civics

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The exterior of the upcoming Civic Type R will share its design aesthetics with its lower-spec brothers, the Civic and the Civic Si. However, the front fascia with the LED headlights and the sleek upper grille reminded us of the R34 Skyline. The lower grille is much bigger and wider than before. A lot of you guys did not like the Civic’s design and predicted that the upcoming top-spec Type R will look the same. The teaser released by Honda explains that most of the looks will indeed remain untouched, but Honda surely did some tweaks to retain the boldness which has been a major part of the Type R variants from the start.

The Type R boasts a fastback design, which makes it even more appealing than the MK8 VW Golf R. The side profile confirms that there will be Brembo brakes and a set of ten-spoke wheels with summer tires fitted as standard. The wheel size is still a mystery, but by the looks of it, they seem to be no more than 20 inches. The rear has better-looking LED taillights than the other Civic models, and there’s a light bar as well. A huge spoiler sticks out of the boot, and there are three exhaust tips, all placed in the middle, and very similar to the 458 Italia.’s setup.

A Sneak Peek Confirms Sport Bucket Seats and More Tech

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We don’t have a complete idea of the materials used in the interior, but our spy shot photographers have helped us get a clearer view of what is going on inside. The dashboard design is similar to the other Civics, which means the honeycomb mesh design hiding the air vents is present. The infotainment display seems to be the nine-inch unit, which is an optional add-on to the standard Civic.

The Type R will come with physical HVAC knobs and buttons for ease of use. The instrument console will be a 10.2-inch fully digital display, and the steering wheel has a different texture on it; perhaps, Alcantara. The spy shot images clearly show the red seatbelt and the red sports seats, similar to the upgraded seats of the M4 Competition. It shows how driver-focused the cabin will be.

The New Civic Type R Might Be Able To Take Down Its Rivals

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The upcoming Civic Type R will most likely be more powerful than it was back in 2021. It is expected to possess a tweaked version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot from its outgoing model year and will have a six-speed manual transmission. The outgoing Civic Type R made 306 horses and 295 pound-feet in its pocket. We are hoping the upcoming iteration will put out at least 320 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R will stand as a strong contender to the upcoming Type R. The Golf R is a beast on its own with a 2.0-liter four-pot with a 315 horsepower rating and 310 pound-feet of torque, which is available from as low 1,900 revs. The newly launched GR Corolla’s 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine can produce as many as 300 ponies! Yes, 300! Kudos to Toyota for this unbelievable tuning to the 1.6-liter mill.

Like before, the Type R will be a front-wheel-drive monster from Honda’s stable, with a limited-slip differential, and a more stable chassis to ace high-speed cornering capabilities. We are hoping that Honda will offer a seven-speed DCT variant with paddle-shifters sometime after the launch. The Golf R, as you know, comes with a seven-speed DCT, and drives all four wheels, like its other newly launched rival, the GR Corolla. But, the latter is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

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Honda released a tape on YouTube where the Civic Type R is seen to have been tested for lap timings in April 2022. Watching the video will give you an idea as to how the upcoming Civic Type R will behave when put to test. Honda claims that its front-wheel-drive champ has broken the lap record at the Suzuka circuit, in Japan. The last Civic Type R completed the 3.6-mile lap in 2 minutes and 23.993 seconds. The upcoming Type R completed about a second faster in 2 minutes 23.120 seconds. Not a huge difference on paper, but it is faster, for sure.

The acceleration timings of the rivals are quite thrilling as Car and Driver recorded a whopping 3.9 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour along with a standing quarter-mile time of 12.5 seconds for the Golf R. Toyota’s new GR Corolla will try to knock off the Civic Type R, as well. We expect it to clock 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, which can give nightmares to the upcoming Civic Type R. We’ll have to wait and watch if the new Civic Type R will be able to breach the five-second 0-60 mph time.

Final Thoughts

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The outgoing Civic Type R was a huge success for Honda, thanks to a power-packed offering from the Japanese car giant. With the growing fanbase of the Civic Type R, Honda might surprise us with a good spec sheet for the upcoming Type R. Rest assured, the 2023 Civic Type R will be better than what it was earlier, and while a lot of you are judging its looks based on the spy shot images, wait for the reveal. The upcoming Civic Type R is promised to be revealed in the coming months, probably June, and will hold a starting price of about $40,000.

Amreetam Basu
Amreetam Basu
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After working predominantly as a freelancer at CarHP/CarIndigo, Amreetam joined the TopSpeed team as a journalist in September 2021. In a world where SUVs are booming, he favors sedans and adores BMWs and Mercedes, with a special spot for Lexus and Genesis. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts in History and is 23 years old.  Read full bio
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