Honda says that this is the most powerful Civic Type R yet
Honda has finally unveiled the all-new 2023 Civic Type R, setting Honda and JDM fanboys all over the world into a frenzy.
All set to go on sale in Japan in September, Honda says that the all-new Honda Civic Type R will be the most powerful one yet, even though performance figures have not been revealed yet.
Powered by the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine as before, Honda says that the turbocharger, the 6-speed manual gearbox, and the rev-matching system have all been tweaked and enhanced to produce more power than the outgoing model which already produced 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque.
Performance details have not been revealed yet, but the new Civic Type R has already set a new speed record for front-wheel drive cars on the Suzuka circuit in Japan, outperforming its predecessor.
Based on the Civic Hatchback which is not available in Malaysia, the 2023 Civic Type R is lower and wider than the regular Civic, obviously.
From what we can see, it is fitted with 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, and a new rear wing that doesn't look as crazy as the outgoing version's one.
The triple exhaust system is still there though, sitting right at the middle of the newly designed rear bumper with air vents and a diffuser.
Up front, the new Civic Type R gets a hood with an air scoop, a unique grille, as well as a redesigned bumper, all of which were designed to increase air flow into the turbocharged engine.
The icing on the cake is of course, the red 'H' and the 'Type R' emblem on the grille.
There are four body colours to choose from, including the iconic Championship White here, Rallye Red, Racing Blue, Crystal Black, and a newly added colour called Sonic Grey Pearl.
Moving into the cabin, we have new red semi-bucket seats and red floor carpets with contrasting black-toned interior panels.
According to Honda, the front seats are designed with a three-dimensional polyhedral form to firmly support the body, especially during hard cornering.
As for the meter design, in addition to the standard display, '+R' mode-exclusive designs were adopted.
While the upper part of the meter displays key information such as the engine rpm, rev indicator and gear position indicator, the lower part functions as a multi-information display that can show vehicle information selected by the driver.
Last but not least, we have a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel and a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment display which also doubles as the Honda LogR data logger.