Honda has released a new collection of spectacular low-light photos of its forthcoming 2023 Civic Type R hot hatchback tests ahead of its 2022 premiere for the second time. This time, the Civic Type R is on display in Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and the photographs are more detailed and revealing than those taken at a previous test session at Germany’s Nürburgring.
For more than a year, the updated Civic Type R prototypes have been tested in public, notably at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit. Honda gave another peek at the car’s progress on Monday.
Suzuka Circuit, or simply Suzuka, is the home of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, but it was initially built as a Honda test circuit.
It’s only fitting that the Civic Type R is being tested at a track with a figure eight configuration.
The outgoing Civic Type R, the fifth generation of the moniker, is a fan favorite here at Motor Authority. Honda promises that the new model will perform better.
What we do know is that the new Civic family, which will be debuted for the 2022 model year, will have a more robust platform than its predecessor, which should help the new Type R in particular.
We’re talking about an increase of 8% in torsional rigidity and a 13% increase in bending rigidity.
2023 Honda Civic Type R Engine
By the end of 2022, Honda has promised that all cars sold in Europe will have some type of electric power, whether hybrid or fully electric, but the Civic Type R seems likely to be an exception.
Its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine is slated to return, with a six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheel.
It’s possible it will use mild-hybrid power, which would see a small generator installed to allow the car to switch the engine off sooner when coming to a halt, but otherwise, this should be as pure as any current hot hatch can be.
Power might increase from the present 320hp to as much as 350hp, resulting in a 0-60mph time of around 5 seconds.
2023 Honda Civic Type R Specs
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R has significantly larger upper and lower grilles, two air intakes hidden by vinyl stickers in the bumper, muscular side skirts, and a revised back end, according to Autoevolution. The enormous wing and three exhaust pipes integrated into the four-fin diffuser are still present. It rides on black Y-spoke wheels with Michelin tires and Brembo brakes with red calipers.
The massive plastic parts at the back of the new Type R have been removed, indicating fewer faux air vents than the previous model. The triple exhaust in the center is still there, but the central point has grown in size and is now more prominent than the one on the outside.
The former model’s central exhaust tip is smaller and works as a resonator.
The rear wing’s position has also been modified, with a flatter appearance and a somewhat higher function on the tailgate.
The design of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R specs is more modest than that of its predecessor, but the Fast & Furious aesthetic remains. Furthermore, one thing is sure: it will not be confused with anything else.
Honda has previously confirmed that the 2018 Civic Type R will keep the front-wheel-drive setup, six-speed gearbox, and turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.
2023 Honda Civic Type R Interior
The newest Civic family’s interior has also experienced a significant improvement in technology and refinement.
The gauge cluster (a partly digital screen is standard, while a complete digital screen is optional on higher-line versions) and infotainment utilize digital screens, and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.