After a brochure leak made it onto online forums (and was subsequently picked up by several news outlets), Honda has finally revealed the full details on the all-new 2023 Civic Type R. And yes, as
, it is the most powerful Civic Type R ever. It also happens to be one of the most powerful Honda production vehicles ever, too.
Starting off with its 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine, the K20C1 engine’s output has been increased anywhere from 315 horsepower (North American variant) to 330 horsepower (Japanese market variant). Despite the disparity in horsepower, torque’s the same around the world at 420 Nm.
According to Honda, the increase in power has been achieved by a redesigned turbocharger to help it generate pressure across a wider range, increased air intake flow rate, and a more efficient exhaust system with a straight through design and active exhaust valve.
Of course, the added power necessitates better cooling and here that’s done through the larger grille opening, bigger radiator, and a new large-diameter fan improve engine cooling.
Still available solely with a 6-speed manual, the 2023 Civic Type R features a lighter flywheel and a revised rev-match system. The gearbox has also gained a high rigidity lever and optimized shift gate pattern, particularly for the 5th and 4th gear. It also gets a standard helical-type limited slip differential.
The Civic Type R’s front and rear tracks have been widened to accommodate 265 mm wide tires jointly developed with Michelin. The 19-inch rims use a special “reverse rim” design that further improves the stability of the tire patch under load. Together with a retuned dual-axis strut front and multilink rear suspension, these changes improve straight-line stability and steering feel. For exceptional braking performance, Type R’s two-piece front brake rotors reduce unsprung weight. Brake cooling is also improved, and a retuned brake booster enhances feel and controllability.
Designed in Japan, all body panels forward of the A-pillars are unique to the Type R. Moreover, its lower stance is accentuated by wider rear doors (again exclusive to the Type R). A redesigned rear spoiler with aluminum stanchions and a new rear diffuser intensify downforce and reduce drag.
The all-new Honda Civic Type R will be built at the Yorii Plant in Japan. Pricing in Japan is set at 4,997,300 yen (P 2.017 million).