New 2023 Honda Civic Type R

 CARSCOOPS:This is the 2023 Civic Type R, the most powerful R-branded Honda road car ever built, and arguably the most important enthusiasts’ machine of the year.


The sixth Civic Type R since the series was launched in 1997 is based on the latest 11th generation Civic hatch, but it closely follows the template established by the previous R model that was launched in 2017. And that means, unlike the Civic Si, which comes only as a sedan, that the hottest Civic is very definitely a hatch.



Honda has stuck with the existing K20 2.0-litre turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission, making only detail improvements to both, though those changes mean the 2023 R generates even more power. Exactly how much of an advance it makes on the outgoing U.S.-spec FK8’s 306 hp (310 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque (Japanese and European versions were rated at 316 hp/320 PS) Honda isn’t saying just yet. But whatever it kicks out it once again sends to the front wheels through a mechanical limited slip differential.


Exact prices and details of any available options and packs will be dished out closer to the fall-2022 on-sale date, but we expect the 2023 Civic Type R to come with an MSRP of around $40,000, making it slightly more affordable than the $44k Volkswagen Golf R.


Do you think Honda has hit the spot with the 2023 Civic Type R? Does it look aggressive enough and would you pick it over a GR Corolla or Golf R? Leave a comment and let us know.


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