Honda has finally revealed details about its latest hot hatch, including increased power figures and a revised chassis.

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  • Honda has revealed more details about the 2023 Civic Type R, though the drivetrain remains similar to the 10th-generation Type R.
  • Power numbers from a revised version of the K20C1 turbo-four have been bumped up to 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, a rise of 9 hp and 15 lb-ft.
  • Designers focused on driving ergonomics, with a revised shifter and shift pattern as well as a re-arranged driver vision line thanks to thinner pillars and a lower seating position.

    Honda has remained extraordinarily secretive about its newest Civic Type R. Teaser photos and rumors about the newest Civic Type R have kept enthusiasts in suspense, eager to hear about everything from specific output to infotainment. Before the model was even released, Honda had created big shoes for the iconic nameplate to fill, with news of a Suzuka track record and naming it the most powerful production Honda ever sold in the US. And it appears Honda has lived up to the hype.
    The company confirmed the2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four K20C1engine will return in 2023, making 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s an improvement of 9 hp and 15 lb-ft, with 157.8-hp per liter, up from the previous generation’s 153.3-hp per liter. Though this is a modest rise, Honda claims the power band will be wider thanks to a redesigned turbocharger and a straight-through exhaust system with a valve to open and close based on engine speed. A larger radiator and fan accompany this power bump as does a revised front grille and vented hood that allow for better airflow.

    android, all you need to know about the 2023 honda civic type r

    Evidence that the newest Civic Type R belongs on the racetrack and looks comfortable while doing it.

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    The previous generation’s six-speed manual transmission also remains for the new model year, though with slight modifications. A lightweight flywheel and more ergonomic shift-gate pattern make up the mechanical changes to the gearbox while a new rev-matching system rounds out the changes on the software front. Unchanged for 2023 is the helical-type limited-slip differential. A dual-axis strut front and multilink rear suspension are adjustable through a four-setting drive mode selector, with Comfort, Sport, and R+ Mode, and a new ‘Individual Mode’ available.
    The chassis of the Type R has been modified from its 11th-generation Civic bones, with a 1.4-inch extension for a total wheelbase of 107.7 inches. The front and rear tracks have also been widened, one inch and three-quarters of an inch, respectively. Total dimensions are 0.5-inch lower and 0.6-inch wider, thanks to the broad fender flares and a new front splitter. We’d be remiss not to mention the signature massive wing, which is mounted on aluminum stanchions, for increased downforce. Matte Black 19-inch reverse-mount alloy wheels are wrapped with what Honda claims are model-specific Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The hot hatch will be available in five colors: Type R exclusive Championship White. Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl, and Sonic Grey Pearl.

    Inside the Type R, the design language is focused on performance driving. The new sport seats will have the driver sitting lower while thinner A-pillars and a relocated side-view mirror increase driver visibility. The red seats and aluminum shift knob are present, but the lack of unnecessary technology is what catches our eye. The infotainment system is a simple 9-inch HD touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

    Honda LogR™ Performance Datalogger is back, but without the need for a smartphone app. The gauge pod is digital with the ability to customize your instrument setup for various driving styles, from track to hyper-miling. Center console wireless charging is available and a model-developed Bose Centerpoint sound system is standard. This creates an interior that is appropriately equipped for the price range while limiting distracting screens or over-the-top design cues. All in all, it looks like a good place to drive.

    android, all you need to know about the 2023 honda civic type r
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    Pricing and the exact launch date are still unknown, though it’s unlikely the model will stray far from the predecessor’s $45,000 sticker. As Honda prepares for mass production of the chassis in its Yorii Plant in Japan, the allocation number also remains unclear, though the previous generation had around 45,000 units allocated globally before ceasing production. With the cult following of Honda performance products and current low production volumes, it’s very possible the new Type R will sell out early in its initial run. Either way, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of Honda’s newest hot hatch.

    Emmet White A New York transplant hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Emmet White has a passion for anything that goes: cars, bicycles, planes, and motorcycles.

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