ICYMI: Honda unveils 2023 Civic Type R

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jul 21, 2022 | Honda, Civic, type R, Honda Civic Type R

Photography Courtesy Honda

Honda officially dropped the camo from the 2023 Civic Type R, showing us “the most powerful Type R ever.” Just how powerful is it? Good question, because Honda didn’t say–so expect at least 1 more horsepower than the outgoing model.


What we do know is that the car is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-four that sends power to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Customers will have a choice of five color options: Championship White, Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Grey Pearl. Inside, you’ll be greeted by the now-iconic red seats, carpet and trim.

The Honda LogR data logger returns for 2023, though an all-new “+R” driving meter “allows the driver to obtain necessary information instantly, with a graphic engine rpm display, rev indicator lights, and gear position indicator placed at the top.”

How much does it sticker for? That’s another mystery for now, as Honda will dole out more details–including pricing–later this fall.

So, what do we think? How much power do you think it makes, and how much do think it’ll cost?

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
7/21/22 9:10 a.m.

Now I'm just waiting for Acura to show us the Integra Type S.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/21/22 9:18 a.m.
Colin Wood said:

Now I'm just waiting for Acura to show us the Integra Type S.

Maybe? 

mblommel
mblommel GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/21/22 9:58 a.m.

Wow, that's a really nice Accord! Are they going to offer a Civic too?

ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter)
ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
7/21/22 10:29 a.m.

Seriously beautiful car.  First time since the 5th gen Prelude that I've lusted for a Honda.

Error404
Error404 HalfDork
7/21/22 10:55 a.m.

It's 2022 so I am obligated to gush over any ICE car with only positives. Like how it reminds me of a Subaru, could just be the pictures they chose or it could be all the factory edge. Either way, this is the new best thing.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/21/22 10:57 a.m.

I like it.  Not as "in your face" as the current model.  I'd want black, of course.

One has to wonder if this might be the last Type R Honda will build? That alone makes it a tempting purchase, even if I have no real need or use for it. 

My WAG on pricing: around $40K, give or take.

Don Fip
Don Fip GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/21/22 11:03 a.m.

Looks good so far, hopefully the overheating issue with track use is solved. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
7/21/22 11:46 a.m.

For comparison, here's the power and MSRP of a few competitors:

  • 2022 Hyundai Elantra N (manual): 276 horsepower, 289 lb.-ft. of torque, $31,250
  • 2022 Hyundai Veloster N (manual): 275 horsepower, 260 lb.-ft. of torque, $32,500
  • 2022 VW Golf R (manual): 315 horsepower, 295 lb.-ft. of torque, $44,090
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/21/22 12:10 p.m.

Traditional Type R white for me, please. 

trucke
trucke SuperDork
7/21/22 1:12 p.m.

Those wider wheels (9.5 versus 8.5) will make a big difference. Curious how this might be classed for Solo II.  The LE is in B Street, so this one might be too!

That hood vent is in the perfect spot for the heat buildup from the turbo to escape.

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