Honda unveiled the most powerful production vehicle it has ever offered in the United States. The all-new 2023 Civic Type R features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder K20C1 engine that produces a factory-rated 315 horsepower at 6,500 rpm (SAE net) and 310 pound-feet of torque at 2,600 – 4,000 rpm (SAE net). The Civic Type R produces 157.8 hp/liter, an improvement from the previous generation’s 153.3.
A six-speed manual transmission with a lighter flywheel and a revised rev-match system sends power thru a helical-type limited-slip differential.
Drivers can switch to one one of four pre-set performance settings to complement their driving needs with different modes for the engine, engine sound, steering and suspension. The Type R’s handling and steering ability was developed with testing at racetracks in Japan, North America and Europe. Testing was also conducted at the Nurburgring.
“Type R is very important for Honda as the pinnacle of our factory performance and an irreplaceable brand that enables enthusiasts to experience Honda’s racing spirit, and seek the ultimate in speed and driving pleasure,” said Hideki Kakinuma, global Civic Type R development leader. “The all-new Civic Type R will continue that legacy, leveraging Honda’s racetrack-proven engineering to deliver extreme performance and passion—both on the road and on the racetrack.”
The body was designed with input from the aerodynamic development colleagues of the HRD Sakura Super GT team to generate more downforce to improve high-speed stability. It was designed in Japan and the Type R’s body is 0.8-inches longer, 0.5-inches lower, and 0.6-inches wider than the previous incarnation.
The Civic R will be available this fall in five colors: Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl, Sonic Grey Pearl, and Championship White, which is exclusive to the Type R.