The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will boast a rated 326 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, according to info leaked at the end of August. Images from an official brochure shared to the Civic XI forum revealed the long-awaited output figures – held back by Honda during the car’s debut at the end of July – that suggest the new car will get a slight edge over the retiring FK8-generation model, which delivers 316 hp and 295 lb-ft.
As we’ve known for some time, the new Type R will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Images of its exterior were also leaked online earlier this year, ahead of its official July 20 reveal.
What this new leak gives us, though, is some much-sought-after technical specs, including the car’s weight. The brochure, which indicates the Type R’s Japanese and European specifications, shows it should clock in at 3,152 lbs (1,430 kg). If accurate, that represents an 88-lbs (40-kg) gain over the FK8-generation model.
That said, it’s expected the car’s curb weight will fluctuate depending on the market, and may differ between Canada, the U.S., Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, for example.
Also in the brochure is the car’s first- through sixth-gear ratios, which are identical to those in the FK8-generation model, apart from the final drive, which has changed from 4.111 to 3.842.
The suspension and steering systems have been upgraded from the FK8 model, and Honda recently claimed a new front-wheel-drive lap record at the Suzuka Circuit with the 2023 model.
Anticipation is hot as this latest Civic Type R attempts to secure a new class lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The automaker is looking to snatch the winning time away from the European-market Renault Megane R.S. Trophy R.