Type R is maybe one of the most sought after Civics in the world. The following this car has one of the biggest and most loyal among them all. The 10th gen Civic Type R was launched in 2017. And since the 11th generation Civic has already been launched, it was only a matter of time the new Type R Civic. And now it is here, and before we start, it must be said that the 2023 Honda Civic Type R is the most powerful Type R Honda has ever made. Although the Civic is in its 11th generation, the Civic Type R is in its 6th iteration. Honda is celebrating 25 years of the brand’s iconic high-performance vehicle. And like the previous Type R (5th iteration), this Type R will also be based on the standard Honda Civic hatchback.
One thing that immediately pops out in the new Civic Type R is that how subtle it is compared to the 10th gen Type R. The previous generation Type R almost felt like it had dropped right out of a video game. It had sharp angular lines, aggressive front bumper, massive and almost gimmicky rear spoiler. Compared to that, the new 11th gen Civic Type R feels all grownup and mature. The body lines are soft and they flow smoothly across the car. Everything looks very put together. On the front end, the same slim headlights from the Civic carry over. You don’t get any fake vents and weird plastic trim in this Type R that isn’t functional. Where previous Type R Civic was very in your face, this new Civic Type R feels almost to the point and refined. That vent in the bonnet of the car is also functional (for dissipating turbo’s heat). You see the upgraded Brembo brakes from the newly designed lightweight 19-inch matte black alloy wheels that have been wrapped around by the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
Interior is also a similar story. The 10th gen Civic was a massive departure from the grownup and almost boring interior of the 9th gen Civic. It was too in your face and almost cartoony. But with the 11th gen Civic, Honda has tried to strike a balance between a boring uncle type interior of the 9th gen, and the boy racer and loud interior of the 10th gen Civic with this 11th gen Civic. The interior overall feels a lot more premium than the 10th gen Civic. The driving experience has also been refined thanks to its immersive cockpit. The seats are super comfy, and yet provide great lateral support when you are thrashing your new Type R in corners. The new dashboard has more buttons than the touchscreen controls. The buttons and climate control knobs feel tactile and have nice crisp to them. New 2023 Type R is loaded with features like the 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a fully digital gauge cluster. Interior has also grown up like the exterior of the car.
Engine and Gearbox
Last generation Type R Civic made 306 bhp and 400 Nm of torque, this one makes more than that. Honda is kinda hush hush about the exact power figures, but it is being rumoured that the new Type R makes around 350bhp. Whatever the power number, suffice to say it will be super fun to drive considering that car broke the front-wheel drive lap record at Suzuka Circuit in Japan. It is powered by the same 2-litre turbocharged engine but of course it has been re-tuned with some internal upgrades to handle more power. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual box driving the front wheels for maximum driving pleasure. But there are rumours that there might also be a dual clutch transmission variant of the new Type R Civic. Although figures are unknown, the visual and aesthetics of the engine bay are top-notch including that red engine valve cover that has become so synonymous with Type R’s.
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