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It’s here. Honda has been teasing the 2023 Civic Type R for months, and an image of it leaked last week, but now it’s finally here.

Honda is only revealing the exterior and interior design at this time. The brand simply says that the new CTR will use a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder found in the previous model – where it produced 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque – and a manual transmission with updated six-speed. The press release also reminds us that the new CTR passed Suzuka faster than its predecessor, setting a front-wheel-drive production car record.

Still, it’s not impossible to glean mechanical details from the photos and what we know of the current 11th-gen Civic. The car runs on an updated version of the 10th Gen Civic platform, and it’s a good version, probably providing a great base for a Type R model. The wheel and tire setup is quite different from the front one, with the 245/30 Continental SportContact 6 tires and 20-inch wheels from the previous car replaced by 265/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and 19-inch wheels. This likely required changes to the Civic Type R’s unique torque-dampening front suspension geometry.

The wheels and tires live under widened front and rear fenders, as before, and up front there are big brakes with fixed Brembo calipers. Beyond that, understanding any other mechanical details is just speculation.

This new CTR is quite different from its predecessor, in a good way. Gone is the overdone style and preponderance of fake vents for something much more subtle and useful. It’s not this subtle though, especially with the wing on the rear boot lid. You won’t confuse this with a regular Civic hatchback. Honda also added a working vent to the hood, which we hope will help with cooling. On hot days at the track, we encountered thermal management issues with the previous Civic Type R, and while Honda claims to have addressed these issues for the 2020 model year, it’s good to see some additional work being done in this area. .

Inside, it’s basically the (excellent) interior of the new Civic with lots of red trim and more heavily bolstered seats. If you select Drive Mode +R, the gauge cluster reconfigures with a horizontal race car-like tachometer at the top, with a large speedometer in the center and prominent temperature and pressure information below. It’s something that will come in handy on the trail.

Jonathan Harper

Full specs and pricing will be closer to the CTR’s market launch in the fall. We expect the 2023 Civic Type R to cost around $40,000, as the 2021 model year car costs just under $39,000.

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