The sixth-generation 2023 Honda Civic Type R was first revealed last October, but we didn’t know much about the new model at the time. Despite the wild red-and-black camo wrap seen in the preview, it appeared a little less showy than its 2020 predecessor, particularly around the spoiler. In terms of technical specifications, we speculated that the previous model’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, along with its six-speed manual transmission, would likely carry over into the next generation; after all, the existing engine produces 295 lb-ft of torque and 306 hp, which is plenty powerful by today’s standards.
However, a few new details about the upcoming 2023 Honda Civic Type R have recently been delivered directly from the source. Honda’s most recent announcement delves a little deeper into the design and layout of the 2023 Type R than we’ve seen before, and it does appear to be a genuinely faster version of its predecessor, with an improved hatchback chassis design and even slicker styling.
We noted in our review of the fifth-generation 2020 Honda Civic Type R that it was an affordable six-speed manual with a strong mix of power and handling, but that its interior styling was a little too over-the-top for the car’s own good, potentially undermining its other qualities.
Honda promises a faster, slicker Type R
Honda’s new announcement is still more of a teaser than a full reveal, broadly summarizing the changes to its sixth-generation model rather than delving into its technical specifications. The brief mention of a “even more powerful and responsive” 2.0-liter turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, as we predicted, is noteworthy. The video embedded below provides a closer look at how the vehicle handles, which may be enough to convince us that Honda is bringing a genuine upgrade to this year’s model.
The carmaker claims that the 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be “the most powerful Type R ever,” and that the hatchback’s design will be lower and wider than previous models, which may help aerodynamics. The front grille mesh appears to be based on a much wider honeycomb design than its predecessor, and it’s paired with a sharper side sill design and wider rear doors — all of which can improve downforce and overall airflow efficiency.
This interior is getting an upgrade as well, with a new layout that keeps the red color scheme of its predecessor but with a sleeker and more natural-looking palette. The royal red upholstery and carpeting contrast with the all-black dashboard, steering wheel, and console. Honda isn’t saying anything else about its tech specs or pricing right now, but it says more information will be available in the fall of 2022.