2023 Honda Civic Type R is unstable. Nothing Broken

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Some final Type R specifications are still being worked out, but the hot hatchback appears to be largely unchanged from what we saw before, and that’s just fine with us.

Honda finally unveiled the 2023 Civic Type R on Wednesday, after a protracted tease. However, despite our excitement for Honda’s upcoming hot hatchback, we’ve got to admit that the automaker has been surprisingly tight-lipped about official specs.

The only hard data we have right now is that the 2023 Civic Type R will be powered by a tweaked version of the current car’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine. The CTR will also have a six-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching.

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How much power and torque will the engine make? No clue. Honda says the 2.0-liter engine is “even more powerful and responsive” than the outgoing version, which made 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The only other bit of information we can see is that the new Type R rides on 265/30-series Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres wrapping 19-inch wheels — an interesting change, since the outgoing Type R rode on narrower 245/30 tyres with larger 20-inch wheels. (This could be a European or Japanese-spec wheel/tire package, just sayin’.)

As for chassis upgrades, Honda just says the Type R has “enhanced suspension and steering performance,” and like the outgoing model, the braking hardware comes from Brembo. The CTR’s hatchback shape is much, much cleaner than before, but still features a large wing and Honda’s super cool tri-tip exhaust.

The intentionally vague language surrounding the Civic Type R’s debut actually strikes us as a good thing. Honestly, Honda could put the old car’s engine and chassis under the new car’s body, call it a day and we’d be perfectly happy. Even if the new car loses even a smidge of its outgoing Type R’s grit, it will still be a fantastic car to drive.

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Inside, the 2023 Type R benefits from all the 11th-generation Civic’s improvements, including a clean dash and centre console design and lots of new technology. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are anticipated to be included in this year’s Honda Civic Hatchback’s digital instrument cluster and 9-inch infotainment screen. However, since this is a Type R, you can expect thickly padded seats and a metal shift knob that will burn your palm in the summer sun.

As expected, Honda hasn’t published price details for the 2023 Civic Type R, but we can anticipate it to start around $40,000. Prices for the 2021 Type R include delivery and come to $38,910 (US). Just before the Type R goes on sale this autumn, we expect to have the final MSRP and all the other specifications.

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