The new generation of the Honda Civic Type R has been presented in society. Honda has completely revamped its popular and successful sport compact. A model that, although it significantly improves its technological equipment, continues to avoid electrification. Under its hood is a turbocharged VTEC gasoline engine.
Sling has finally presented the new generation of its popular sports compact. The new 2023 Honda Civic Type R bursts onto the scene loaded with numerous novelties. A model that takes as its starting point the eleventh generation of the Honda Civic to catch up thanks to a total renovation. The debut of the new Civic Type R coincides with the celebration of its 25 years of history.
The new generation of the Civic Type R has not yet reached dealerships and has already broken a record. He recently set the fastest lap time for a front-wheel drive compact at the Suzuka circuit in Japan. New design, technological equipment and improved mechanics. Let’s go into detail.
The design of the new Honda Civic Type R 2023
Just take a quick look at the images that illustrate this article to discover the distinctive features of the new Civic Type R. It has been developed under the concept of creating the “Definitive Sports Car 2.0”. Logically, the new Civic with Hatchback body (5 Doors) has been taken as a starting point to give life to a model that deals in a category where the competition is voracious.
He is dressed in a body kit specially designed for the occasion. The new bumpers are combined with unique rear doors and wheel arches for the Type R. The grille has also undergone changes from the outgoing model and the hood is new. The side view shows us 19-inch matte black alloy wheels wrapped in bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. Rims that reveal the updated Brembo brake system.
Finishing our tour of the exterior at the rear, the main elements that will catch our attention are the new rear spoiler that contributes even more to the generation of downforce and the high-efficiency exhaust system with three exits in a central position. The rear wing has new cast aluminum brackets and has been placed lower but wider than the previous model.
As for the level of customization, It is acceptable. The body of the new Civic Type R is available in the following colors: Championship White, Rallye Red, Racing Blue Pearl, Crystal Black and Sonic Gray Pearls.
The interior and technology of the new 2023 Honda Civic Type R
Leaving aside the outside, if we go into the interior of the new Civic Type R we will quickly be enveloped by the atmosphere of a sports car. Everything is geared towards boosting the thrill of driving. The brand has also sought to maintain the new Civic’s levels of comfort, functionality and refinement. That is, find the optimal balance point.
The new driving position is lower and offers greater visibility of the bonnet (now lower), so blind spots have been reduced. Sporty front seats with suede-effect upholstery are a key feature. The classic red color of the upholstery is decisive to create the atmosphere of the Type R.
The “nerve center” of the passenger compartment is a 9 inch touch screen
which is combined with a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster. The new Civic Type R also has an updated version of the Honda LogR data logging app. Now it combines performance data with a smartphone app. Among its main features is a stopwatch to record lap times and a circular 3D motion graph that shows the maximum friction that the tires can achieve.
The engine of the new Honda Civic Type R 2023
Regarding the mechanical section, if we take a look under the hood of the new Civic Type R we will find one of the determining keys of the renewed sports compact. Despite the times, this model renounces electrification. A strategy that you will not be able to sustain for many more years if you want to stay alive in the Old Continent.
The new model is powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. An engine that has been tuned to further improve its performance. The turbocharger has been revised and the number and shape of the turbine blades have also been optimised. These modifications have allowed Honda to achieve the most powerful VTEC turbocharged engine in the Civic Type R range.
The brand has not given the specific power figures, but we should expect more than 320 hp and 400 Nm of maximum torque. The block is associated with a upgraded six-speed manual gearbox. It also boasts a revised auto-throttle rev matching system that ensures optimal rev matching when downshifting. The transmission incorporates a highly rigid lever and an improved gear pitch pattern. Power is sent to the front axle. Through a driving mode selector it is possible to adapt the behavior of the vehicle. In addition to the Comfort, Sport and +R modes, it now also has the new Individual mode.
Release date and prices of the new Honda Civic Type R 2023
When will it hit the market? Honda has confirmed that the commercial tour of the new Civic Type R will start next year. The first deliveries to customers in Europe will take place from the beginning of 2023. At this time it is unknown what their prices will be. Being at the top of the new Civic range is expected to far exceed the €36,600 cost of the most expensive version of the compact Japanese hybrid.
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