Not only is the all-new Civic Type R the most powerful Honda ever sold in Canada and the United States, it is also the most powerful Type R performance car offered in their 30-year history. Its turbocharged 2.0 litre engine generates 315 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm and 310 lb/ft of torque from 2,600-4,000 rpm. That is 9 hp and 15 lb/ft more than the outgoing Civic Type R’s inline 4 cylinder engine.
The sixth generation Civic Type R is based on the current eleventh generation Honda Civic which was launched in 2021. The first generation Civic Type R made its debut in Japan in 1997 and was based on the sixth generation Civic.
"Type R is very important for Honda as the pinnacle of our factory performance and an irreplaceable brand that enables enthusiasts to experience Honda’s racing spirit, and seek the ultimate in speed and driving pleasure,” said Hideki Kakinuma, global Civic Type R development leader. “The all-new Civic Type R will continue that legacy, leveraging Honda’s racetrack-proven engineering to deliver extreme performance and passion—both on the road and on the racetrack."
The 2023 Civic Type R was developed in Japan and tested and fine-tuned at race tracks in Japan, North America and Europe including the famed Nurburgring in Germany. It set a new lap record for a front-wheel drive production car at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen ran the new Civic Type R through its paces at the Euroring Circuit during the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix race weekend.
The 2023 Civic Type R’s wheelbase is 107.6 inches/2735 mm, 1.4 inches/35 mm longer and the longest in its class. The front track is 1 inch/26 mm wider, the rear track is three-quarters of an inch/19 mm wider which improves straight line stability and steering feel.
The HRD Sakura Super GT race team worked with the Honda designers and engineers to make the design of the new Civic Type R more aerodynamically efficient. The new Type R generates more downforce than the previous Type R resulting in greater high-speed stability.
Overall the new Civic Type R is three-quarters of an inch/20.3 mm longer, half an inch/12.7 mm lower and more than half an inch/15.2 mm wider than the previous car. The lightweight 19-inch rims are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires which are three quarters of an inch/20 mm wider than the previous tires.
To help keep the engine cool when out on the race track, the 2023 Type R has larger grill openings, a bigger radiator and a new large-diameter cooling fan. The exhaust note has been amped up with an active exhaust valve that opens at higher rpm. Connected to that engine is a 6-speed manual transmission with a lighter flywheel, revised rev-match system, high-rigidity lever, optimized shift gate pattern and standard helical-type limited-slip differential.
The Honda LogR Performance Datalogger onboard computer and sensors has been enhanced to help drivers monitor and record the cars performance in real time when out on the race track.
The Civic Type R is built at the Yorii Plant in Japan. Its engine is built at Honda’s Anna Engine Plant in Sidney, Ohio. The new Civic Type R will be available In Canada in just three colours, Championship White, a Type R exclusive, Rallye Red and Sonic Grey Pearl. Price and additional details will be released by Honda this fall.
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