2023 Honda Civic Type R debuts with more subtle design, upgraded 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine and 6MT

After much teasing and expectation, the all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R has finally been revealed to the world. Debuting the year Honda celebrates 30 years of the Type R (the first model being the 1992 NSX-R) and 50 years of the Civic, the FL5 Civic Type R is based on the 11th generation Civic Hatchback and is the sixth entry in the Civic Type R lineage which began with the EK9 hot hatch in 1997.

The latest Civic Hatchback has a sleeker, less aggressive look compared to its predecessor, and the same goes for the Type R version. It might be less of a boy racer, but you’ll still be able to easily spot the new hot hatch thanks to its redesigned front bumper, which features a more exposed lower air intake that connects to vertical air intakes in the corners, which help promote cooling, including for the upgraded radiator.

Elsewhere there’s a finer honeycomb mesh for the front grille to allow more air into the engine bay, with heat being extracted through the vented bonnet. On the sides, the CTR gains wider fenders to accommodate the oddly smaller 19-inch wheels (the previous car had 20-inch units), although the contact patch is wider thanks to Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. profile 265/30 (previously 245/30).

The front fenders in particular sport more reserved air outlets, while the rear doors have been widened to match the sportier, lower stance, accompanied by side skirts with end slats. As for the rear, there’s a new bumper with corner outlets and a rear diffuser, the latter incorporating a three-tube exhaust which now features a large central tube between two smaller ones – this arrangement is reversed on the FK8 CTR.

Honda also made the effort to make the pipes more substantial in volume, both in appearance and aurally, the latter being a byproduct of improved sound modulation. The finishing touch being a prominent rear wing that is part of the aero package, and if that’s not obvious enough, no more. ketam rear lights.

Available exterior colors include the iconic Championship White, as well as Rallye Red, as well as Racing Blue, Crystal Black and a new Sonic Gray Pearl. Red is a staple for Type R models, and you’ll find it on badging and the engine cover.

The tint is even more evident inside the cabin, as it is used for the semi-bucket seats which feature a honeycomb pattern on the backrest and ‘Type R’ embroidered on the headrest. There’s also red carpeting and floor mats, and the color is used for some of the model-specific displays available for the 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster and nine-inch infotainment screen ( Honda LogR data logger).

Unlike its predecessor, the new CTR has its serial number plate positioned on the honeycomb mesh covering the air vents, as opposed to the center console, to remind front passengers that they are not seated in a regular Civic Hatchback.

A carryover from the FK8 CTR is the shape of the six-speed manual transmission’s gear knob, which appears to be identical to that supplied with the 2020 facelift. an optimized shift pattern, while the rev-matching system with automatic blip has been tweaked for better operation. Also unchanged, the Brembo braking system retains the previous generation’s two-piece discs for improved feel and durability.

Another element that is brought to the new model is the 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine, although Honda says it has given it incremental changes like a revised turbocharger that now has a more compact housing to improve the overall efficiency of the unit. The turbine itself has had its number of blades and shape optimized to increase power and also improve airflow.

Honda didn’t provide any power for the refined engine, but for context the outgoing model’s VTEC Turbo unit produces up to 320PS (316PS) and 400Nm of torque – that’s 310PS (306PS) for certain markets.

Expect higher numbers to be announced in the near future, as the automaker says it has also implemented a revised high-output exhaust system that improves the power-to-weight ratio and speed of peak, making the new CTR one of the most powerful per litre. cars in its class. The changes have already proven themselves, as the latest model has already set a new front-wheel-drive record at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.

There you have it, the all-new Civic Type R. Sales of the model are set to begin in Japan in September this year, when pricing and details will also be revealed for the US, while first deliveries in Europe will take place in from early 2023. What do you think of the looks? Do you like the more subtle styling or do you prefer the aggressive look of the outgoing model? Share your opinion in the comments below.

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