2023 Honda Civic Type R debuts with more subtle design, enhanced 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine and 6MT

2023 Honda Civic Type R debuts with more subtle design, enhanced 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine and 6MT

After plenty of teasing and waiting, the all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R has finally been revealed to the world. Making its debut in the year Honda celebrates 30 years of the Type R (the first model being the 1992 NSX-R) and 50 years of the Civic, the FL5 Civic Type R is based on the 11th-generation Civic Hatchback and is the sixth entry in the Civic Type R lineage that began with the EK9 hot hatch back in 1997.

The latest Civic Hatchback has a more elegant, less aggressive look compared to its predecessor, and the same is true of the Type R version as well. It may be less boy racer, but you’ll still be able to easily spot the new hot hatch by its redesigned front bumper, which features a more exposed lower intake that is connected to vertical air inlets at the corners, both of which help to promote cooling, including for the upgraded radiator.

Elsewhere, there’s a finer honeycomb mesh for the front grille to allow more air into the engine bay, with heat being extracted out via the vented bonnet. Along the sides, the CTR gains wider fenders to accommodate the curiously smaller 19-inch wheels (the previous car had 20-inch units), although the contact patch is wider thanks to the 265/30-profile Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (previously 245/30).

The front fenders in particular sport more reserved air outlets, while the rear doors have been widened to match the sportier, lower stance, accompanied by side skirts with end blades. As for the rear, there’s a new bumper with corner outlets and a rear diffuser, the latter integrating a triple-pipe exhaust that now features a large centre pipe between two smaller ones – this arrangement is inversed on the FK8 CTR.

Honda also made the effort to make the pipes look more substantial in volume, both in appearance and aurally, the latter a byproduct of enhanced sound modulation. Finishing touches being a prominent rear wing that makes up part of the aerodynamic package, and if it isn’t obvious enough, no more ketam taillights.

Available exterior colours include the iconic Championship White, along with Rallye Red, as well as Racing Blue, Crystal Black and a new Sonic Grey Pearl. Red is a staple for Type R models, and you’ll find it on the badges and engine cover.

The hue is even more evident inside the cabin, as it’s used for the semi-bucket seats that feature a honeycomb pattern on the backrest and “Type R” embroidered on the headrest. There is also red carpeting and floor mats, and the colour is used for some of the model-specific displays available for the 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster and nine-inch infotainment screen (Honda LogR data logger).

2023 Honda Civic Type R debuts with more subtle design, enhanced 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine and 6MT

Unlike its predecessor, the new CTR has its serial number plaque positioned on the honeycomb mesh covering the air vents, as opposed to on the centre console, to remind front passengers that they aren’t sitting in a regular Civic Hatchback.

One carryover from the FK8 CTR is the shape of the gear knob for the six-speed manual transmission, which appears to be identical to the one that came with the 2020 facelift. The manual transmission driving the front wheels also gains a high-rigidity lever and optimised shift gate pattern, while the rev-match system with auto blip has been tweaked for better operation. Also unchanged is the Brembo braking system which retains the two-piece discs from the previous generation for improved feel and longevity.

Another item that is brought over to the new model is the 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine, although Honda says it has given it incremental changes like a revised turbocharger that now features a more compact housing to improve the overall unit efficiency. The turbine itself has had both its blade count and shape optimised to boost power and improve airflow as well.

Honda did not provide any outputs for the refined engine, but for context, the outgoing model’s VTEC Turbo unit churns out as much as 320 PS (316 hp) and 400 Nm of torque – it’s 310 PS (306 hp) for certain markets.

Expect higher figures to be announced in the near future, as the carmaker says it also implemented a revised, high-efficiency exhaust system that improves the power-to-weight ratio and top speed, making the new CTR one of the most powerful per litre cars in its class. The changes have already been proven on track, as the latest model has already set a new front-wheel drive track record at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.

There you have it, the all-new Civic Type R. Sales of the model is scheduled begin in Japan in September this year, which is also when pricing and details are revealed for the United States, while first deliveries in Europe will take place from early 2023. What do you think of the looks? Do you like the more subtle styling or do you prefer the aggressive look of the outgoing model? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Meanwhile ours but non-type r version, are still not getting full digital meter and temperature engine status. The back looks cool but the front needs to redesign which a bit wierd but at least this civic type r hatchback looks better and sportier than the original and sedan.

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  • Hummer on Jul 21, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Big wheels is for bigger brake and higher ground clearance if they can maintain brake performance in smaller wheel it will give CTR quicker acceleration.

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  • Damn, another 30yrs of hearing annoying loud honda exhausts on the streets…

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  • Can only dream to own one. Nothing is cheap nowadays

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  • donno on Jul 21, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    I quite like the minimalist, almost retro interior.

    Externally, it is very underwhelming, almost non-sporty. The surfacing and curves of the car makes it look fat, when a sporty car needs to look muscular. I prefer the looks of the Corolla GR over the new Type R.

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  • Im pre type R on Jul 21, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    Mmm..a low spec BMW 320i with a simple first stage ecu remap around 4k in 15 mins will boost frm 184ps to 300 plus ps and 300Nm to 450Nm. And still would be cheaper than this hardcore max out ricer Civic with super ah beng spoiler and weird exhaust pipe with almost no comfort in daily cruising and wtf NVH level. Whenever it see a bump it will slow down to walking pace and pass over in 45 degree. And you still need to explain why your civic cost almost 300k to all ppl around when asked. And ppl will give you a super weird expression. After all those sacrifice, you will still see a remap 320i or stock 330i tailgating you frm your rear view mirror in Genting run, and you r so pissed off because you cant shake it away. If those 3 series is infront of you, you will also almost cant pass over it or maybe you risk your ball or life trying like what I did, almost go down to hill bottom. When arrived at Crockford, the bell service will politely open the door for that cheaper and normal 3 series with a smile while pretend to skip over your car. Thats what happen to me in my civic type R last year. I changed to BMW 330i now and yes, you cant shake off a 330i in Genting if it is serious to race. My GF always ask me to drive her car especially going to her hse dinner because she said embarassed with Civic type R la la zai image amd those harsh loud ride. Now she happily ride in 330i without complain. Haihh……

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    • Dettol on Jul 22, 2022 at 8:20 am

      Not the Civic type R looks lalazai, is your f*ckface that doesn’t fits Civic Type R.

      Congratulations on your brand new 330i without complain, nobody cares

      And why are you racing around Genting ? Can’t just drive safe ? Idiot, hold on steering then become racer

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    • Zamer on Jul 22, 2022 at 8:39 am

      This is a remarks from someone who only own 1 car for daily, weekend and balik kampung.

      CTR is not for you i think. Lets not discourage other ppl about any car. Its their choice. Its your choice, your own life, your own GF and your own thought.
      Other ppl never bother about u anyway.

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    • That was a signal for you to get a new GF, not a new car.

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    • Not sure if cool story, but this sums up Malaysians’ badge mentality so well.

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    • U need a new girlfriend on Jul 23, 2022 at 8:44 am

      English please.

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  • Rakyat yg bodah on Jul 21, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Any idea how’s the century spin like? If it’s something like below 6sec, this thing is already obsoleted. The Hyundai ioniq 5N can do something like 3.5sec

    If it can’t beat the 5N, it’s just good for the museum or are we suppose to praise this over priced junk?


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  • ROTI CANAI on Jul 21, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    finally, since the fd2r, a civic type r that looks good

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  • Car with word of mouth but no sales. Also I will spend less money to buy Arteon, much better thsn this ah beng car.

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