The 2023 Honda Civic Type R officially announced

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R officially announced

There are big news from America. No, not Musk against Twitter. Bigger even than that. You have heard the phrase “The king is dead, long live the king!” ? Well, that’s appropriate here. In November 2021, we said goodbye to the fantastic FK8 Honda Civic Type R. Now we welcome it back, but, like Doctor Who, it’s regenerated in the all-new FL5.

Right now – assuming you were excited enough to set your alarm for 3 a.m. – Indycar driver Colt Herta and a select group of interested parties in Los Angles are unboxing the 2023 Civic Type R – the sixth generation of the little wonder high-revving VTEC that arrived 25 years ago.

“Even in this ‘Year of the Honda SUV,’ it’s great to be part of a brand that remains focused on the thrilling performance and driving joy of the all-new Civic Type R,” said assistant Mike Kistemaker. Vice President of Honda Sales at American Honda. “The Type R is about more than speed, power and handling. It’s how a great car makes you feel that really matters and that’s what the all-new Civic Type R is. “

Amen to that, Mike. The old car made you feel good. And if the FL5 can match it, most would consider that job done in a world of ever-increasing regulation. If he exceeds the talents of FK8, then we could have a meltdown. It was still the best front-wheel-drive hot hatch you could buy on its last day on sale. The omens that the new model will be even better are good. Very well.

The FL5 has already beaten a benchmark set by the ultimate FK8, which was the 2021 Type R Limited Edition. In testing at Honda’s legendary Suzuka Circuit – back on the Formula 1 calendar in October for the first time since Covid hit, by the way – the FL5 has set a new lap record for a front-wheel-drive car. He lapped the 3.6-mile Grand Prix figure eight track in 2 minutes and 23.120 seconds. We also know that the FL5’s upgraded steering and suspension have been tuned and tested at the NΓΌrburgring, as the launch video shows it well – although we don’t have production time yet.

We also don’t know a number of other finer details. But we know one of the biggies. Finally, we can tell you for sure that the 2.0-liter KC20 howler is back. The proof in pictures with a snapshot under the hood. While the rest of the 2022 Civic lineup has gone hybrid, Honda hasn’t let Type R fans down by diluting its heritage with one of this electrified nonsense. This means that no big gains in power or torque should be expected. Peak horsepower has not yet been disclosed, but it is unlikely to be much higher than the 320 horsepower produced by the last car. We can see from the tachometer that the max rpm is still around 7000 rpm, so that’s really how much they could increase the boost and adjust the fueling. The good news is that the engine is still mated to a six-speed manual, which last time out was arguably one of the best manual shifts on sale at any price. As before, it comes with rev-matching, for those lacking confidence in their heels and toes, and there’s a limited-slip differential to bewitch torque on the road.

The new body would be lighter and stiffer than that of the FK8. It is also longer, lower and wider but less dragging, so it glides through the air more easily. It’s also easier on the eyes – well, those eyes at least. You still won’t miss it on the road, watch out. This is thanks to the muscular arches, the large rear spoiler and the deep and sufficiently aggressive bumpers. And there are still air vents behind the front wheels which channel the air along the sides to the small aerodynamic movements in front of the rear wheels. At the rear there is the obvious diffuser with three signature central tailpipes that stick out in the middle.

The overall effect is smoother, cleaner and more harmonious. Unlike the last car, someone with a sympathetic eye was on hand to pull the designer’s pen out at the right time – to keep them from doing too much design. It is available in five sporty color options: Historic Championship White, Rallye Red, Racing Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Gray Pearl.

It’s also a cleaner car inside. Again, that’s because the latest Civic offers a better starting point in terms of its dash design and layout. Naturally, there are elements that brighten it up and set it apart like the Type R. These are heavily bolstered red seats with matching red carpets. There’s also a neat honeycomb stripe that mostly runs the length of the dash – this mirrors the design of the front grille – and aluminum trim on the center console, around the gear lever in solid and chunky aluminum. Even the steering wheel is more beautiful. It has a smaller hub and thinner spokes.

Behind this is a full digital instrument binnacle. This shows a track-focused display, with a large linear rev counter at the top, shift lights and the current speedometer in the middle. Along the bottom half of the screen there are various pressure and temperature readings, flanked by a G-meter and a stopwatch. There is also a second display option. This one is centered around a couple of old-fashioned round dials for the speedometer and tachometer.

You’ll also notice the infotainment screen protruding from the top of the dash. Nothing revolutionary there, but it runs improved software on the old car. And take a closer look. There is fabulous news displayed on the screen itself. One of the few criticisms of the old car was its lack of customizable drive modes. Well, it has been solved because the screen shows an individual mode. While we can’t see the exact settings you can adjust, the fact that the schematic image of the car shows the engine, exhaust, steering and suspension is a good clue.

So that’s what we know so far. Not the whole picture, of course, but a whole lot more than we knew. More technical details and UK pricing will be released closer to launch, which is scheduled for Autumn 2022. You can guarantee we’ll let you know more as soon as we find out and, needless to say, we can’t wait. to lay hands on one in the flesh.

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