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10 Reasons Why The 2023 Honda Civic Type R Is The Coolest Release Of 2022

HotCars logo HotCars 6/26/2022 Peter Akpejeluh
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It's no longer news that Honda is set to release the 2023 Civic Type R this month or early July. After seeing several images and video teasers on the model, fans can't wait to get behind the wheel of the new Civic Type R, which promises to be the best version yet. There have been talks about the coming of the 11th generation Civic since 2020 and Honda plans to make a limited number available.

The new Civic Type R is expected to be faster, more comfortable, and more powerful than ever before. Keep reading to find out what the release of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R means for hot hatch enthusiasts and the automotive market in general as well as how it fares against the competition.

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Carries On The Legacy Of The Type R

Right from the very first Type R – the NSX – released in 1992, Hondas with the "Type R" (for "Racing") badge have a reputation for offering the highest performance, with reduced weight, and track-oriented aerodynamics, and the 2023 Civic Type R is no exception.

More than two decades after the introduction of the Civic Type R in 1997, the latest iteration carries on the legacy of the Type R. Although the new Civic Type R is faster than ever, the engine, chassis, and FWD are just an evolution of the outgoing model rather than a revolution.

Fastest FWD Hot Hatch

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In a bid to achieve new levels of handling precision and acceleration, many automakers are turning to all-wheel drive. But Honda seems to be doing just fine with its front-wheel drive. In fact, it seems the relative lack of drive wheels has nothing on the Honda Civic Type R, which gets faster with every iteration.

The 2023 Civic Type R has already smashed the record set by the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition at Suzuka Circuit. While the outgoing model could only achieve a lap time of 2:23.993 seconds, the new model finished the 3.6-mile lap in 2:23.120 seconds.

Fastest Manual-Transmission Hot Hatch

The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla uses a 6-speed manual transmission, so Honda promises that the new Civic Type R will also work with only a manual gearbox, just like its predecessor. The new Civic Type R outruns the GR Corolla, which hits 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. This video teaser shows a driver smoothly changing the gears of the 2023 Civic Type R.

With a manual gearbox, you know the 11th generation super hot hatch is designed for pure driving engagement. The high-speed cornering capabilities of the Civic Type R are enhanced with the limited-slip differential and stiffer chassis.

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The Last And Most Powerful Civic Type R

With the strict emissions regulations in Europe, many cars are powered by just three-cylinder 1.0-liter engines. Besides the need to downsize, automakers are turning to electrification to contribute their quota in ensuring a more sustainable environment, and probably to avoid being slammed wit steep fines.

In light of this, the 2023 Civic Type R will be Honda’s last gas-only model on the Old Continent. It seems Honda has saved its best for last, as the Japanese automaker claims the 2023 Civic Type R will be the most powerful iteration, with an upgraded 2.0-liter turbo-four engine.

Outperforms Its Rivals

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will come with a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder powerplant like the outgoing model, but this time with a little tweak that may place the output at 320 horsepower. With this output, the new Civic Type R outpowers the 2023 Hyundai Veloster N, which will make about 275 horsepower.

The 11th generation Civic Type R is also no match for the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla, which comes with a tuned 1.6-liter three-cylinder that makes 300 horsepower.

A More Spiced-Up Exterior Look Compared To Competitors

The soon-to-be-released Honda Civic Type R is aesthetically similar to the regular Civic and the Civic Si. Its LED headlights and front grilles bring back memories of the Nissan R34 Skyline. However, Honda makes the lower grille of the new Civic Type R bigger and wider than the outgoing model.

The fastback design of the Civic Type R makes it more attractive than the MK8 VW Golf R. This behind-the-wheel video released by Honda shows that the 11th generation Civic features a set of ten-spoke wheels and Brembo brakes. There’s also a huge spoiler at the rear end, with three centralized exhaust pipes like the 458 Italia's setup.

Unmatched Handling

The 2021 Civic Type R suspension setup allows for sending an awful lot of power through the front wheels, so Honda replicates that formula for the latest version. The stiffer suspension, lighter panels, huge Brembo brakes, and massive spoiler are some of the handling tweaks that give the new Civic Type R a real sense of confidence on tough roads.

Honda improved the overall torsional rigidity of the super hot hatch by 22%, so the body of the car will flex less when you drive hard. According to Honda’s European technical advisor, the 2023 Civic Type R‘s handling characteristics are designed to meet the demands of European roads, since a vehicle that works well in Europe would have no trouble working anywhere else around the world.

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Phenomenal Interior Design

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Although the full interior details of the 2023 Civic Type R are still sketchy, Honda released a teaser of what to expect, and we must say it's a lot different from the regular Civic. For one, the steering wheel and sports seats are wrapped in red suede/Alcantara with the "Type-R" signature visible on the headrests.

However, Honda carries over the knobs, switches, and floating touchscreen system from the regular Civic. The interior of the Civic Type R looks more livable than the Golf R 20 Year, which cost almost twice as much.

Carry More With The Civic

Although the full information about the new Civic Type R‘s cargo area is not yet available, we can say that it's just about the same size as the outgoing version, which can accommodate roughly 420 liters of cargo. Folding the rear seats can give you up to 1,237 liters.

With this cargo capacity, the 2023 Civic Type R is perfect for the shopping trip of a family of four. You might find it more practical than the Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years and the Toyota GR Corolla. The Civic Type R is a good choice for a daily driver, with five-door practicality.

Incredible Budget Sports Car

Sports car enthusiasts looking for the best deal on the market should look no further, as the 2023 Honda Civic Type R offers everything you need for a starting price of $39,000. As one of the fastest hot hatchbacks with an FWD, manual transmission, cutting-edge handling, and decent fuel economy, the 11th generation Civic is a steal for that price.

There might not be any staggering difference between the new Civic Type R and other rival hot hatches, but they definitely set you back by a lot more. Its main rival, the 2023 VW Golf R 20 Years special edition goes for roughly $64,125.

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