After a long and tedious teaser campaign, Honda has officially taken the covers off its latest hot hatch. This is the 2023 Honda Civic Type R, and they claim this is its most powerful version ever.
Revealed at a special event in Los Angeles, the next-generation Honda Civic Type R serves is based on the 11th generation Civic Hatchback. It now comes with a more rigid and lightweight body, a muscular yet aerodynamic exterior, and an even sportier cabin than its predecessors.
Starting with the vehicle’s design, Honda claims the Civic Type R is longer, lower, and wider than ever. It also comes with a muscular yet sleek aerodynamic design that helps the hot hatch cut through the wind. It also gets a more aggressive front bumper that comes with sporty honeycomb grille mesh, brawny fenders that hide lightweight wheels wrapped in wider tires, larger front fender grilles, and a new side sill design behind the front wheels that Honda says enhances airflow efficiency.
Accentuating the hatchback’s more aggressive stance are wider rear doors, a restyled rear spoiler, and a reshaped rear bumper that also shows off the signature three-round exhaust tips complete with a new rear diffuser.
A total of 5 colors will be available for the all-new Civic Type R; Historic Championship White, Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl, and Sonic Gray Pearl.
Pop the doors open and the hot hatch greets its occupants with the signature red finish. From the seats, carpets, and trim, the 2023 Civic Type R reminds drivers (and passengers) that they are in something special. There’s also a special serialized Type R plate on the dash that signifies the CTR’s heritage.
Aside from being finished in red, the seats are upholstered in a suede-like material with a high-friction coefficient that reduces slippage during high-G driving conditions. Like before, it gets a digital instrument panel that monitors the CTR’s every move. But for the 2023 model, it gets a new +R driving mode exclusive meter design along with a graphic engine RPM display, rev indicator lights, and gear position. A lower multi-info display can show vehicle information selected by the driver, too.
As for the engine, Honda is not yet ready to reveal official performance figures and other details. But based on the engine/valve cover, it looks like it’s still based on the 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC from the previous generation. We can guess that Honda was busy improving its performance, as well as cranking out more horsepower and torque from the 2.0-liter mill.
Other details about the all-new Civic Type R will be revealed closer to its launch later this year. But for now, we certainly cannot wait for the all-new hot hatch to arrive in the Philippines. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long.