2023 Honda Civic Type R
Little is left to the imagination, except the specs. We’ll know all on July 20.
We’ll keep this brief, given how extensively we’ve covered the new 2023 Honda Civic Type R’s gestation over the past two years or so. From watching it lap Suzuka to watching it lap the Nürburgring to, well, just watching the same camouflaged prototypes again and again and again, we have a good idea about the basic contours of the 11th-generation-Civic-based Type R.
At long last, we now know when we’ll see the rest of the hot hatchback’s details—and, you know, its uncovered body: July 20.
Just days after announcing that date, Honda’s Japanese factory museum and showcase website (Honda Ayoma) included an image of the new Type R uncovered among its listed vehicles on display. The image was posted to the Civic11forum before it was pulled from Honda’s site, and depicts a Championship White (our guess) 2023 Civic Type R in all its naked glory.
Given what we’ve seen already—mainly those swirly-camouflage-covered Type R prototypes—the new R’s look isn’t all that surprising save for its relative conservatism. Unlike the last-gen car, which sported a riot of vents, slats, and other racy addenda on top of the already riotously styled regular Civic hatchback, this new one takes after the much cleaner 11th-gen Civic hatch and Civic Si sedan, both of which wear clean, understated looks.
Of course, the Type R suitably amps up the regular Civic with a bulging hood and front fenders, a bigger lower intake, and that big ol’ wing on the liftgate.
Honda’s official announcement had helpfully provided our until-now only peek at the 2023 Civic Type R without any camouflage on it. That darkened photo (we tried lightening it more, to no avail) is below.
While full information surely will drop on the 20th—just over one week away—we’ll give you some of what to expect from this updated monster: It’ll likely continue to be front-wheel drive, and powered by a version of the same turbo 2.0-liter I-4 as the outgoing model.
Look for more than 300 hp, a six-speed manual transmission, Brembo brakes, huge tires, a wild wing, and even snappier dynamics than the already sharp-handling last-gen version. Now, with that, let’s hope there are no more teasers (or leaks) from here on out.
An image of what is almost assuredly the 2023 Honda Civic Type R leaked online Wednesday. First spotted by the sleuths over at civic11forum.com, it’s our first real look at the new Type R undisguised, way before we’re supposed to see it.
A forum user called Palmer8 spotted this photo buried in one of Honda’s Japanese sites alongside a handful of other Civic models. It’s a fairly clear front quarter shot of the car painted in white, and it’s exactly what we expected the car to look like.
There’s a more aggressive bumper and a vent in the hood for cooling, and we can see upgraded side skirts and a sweet all-black wing piece out back. There’s also bigger brakes and wide tires, just like on the camouflaged prototypes we’ve seen in the past.
Though we don’t have a great view of the interior, it’s easy to spot the all-red seats synonymous with Type R vehicles. We expect the rest of the interior to borrow from the standard Civic hatchback.
Honda’s been mum on powertrain details, but we expect an evolution of the turbo inline-four, manual, front-wheel-drive layout from the outgoing car, albeit with slightly more power.
Honda released its first teaser of the finished product on Tuesday, with plans to fully reveal the car on July 20—just one week away. We’ll find out everything we want to know then.
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