Honda Civic Type R FL5

  • Honda Civic Type R FL5 is first car in Malaysia to be sold via ballot – 19 units up for grabs, draw on Oct 20

    Honda Civic Type R FL5 is first car in Malaysia to be sold via ballot – 19 units up for grabs, draw on Oct 20

    Honda Malaysia has just officially launched the FL5 Civic Type R, which is priced at RM399,900 on-the-road without insurance. But even if you have the cash or loan facility in waiting, you might not be able to get one in your porch – that’s because as far as we know, the latest CTR is the first car to be sold via ballot in Malaysia.

    The decision to sell via ballot versus the usual first come first served method is due to the small allocation – 19 units in the first batch – and the high demand for the FL5. There’s one unit at the launch and this car should be HM’s internal unit to make it 20 in total. However, this is only for 2023 – we understand that there will be more units coming next year.

    You can put in a deposit along with your name at a Honda dealer, but it’s Honda Malaysia who will pick the names in the ballot, which we’re told will be done internally, but audit-compliant. The deadline is October 15 and the draw date is October 20. I’d say good luck to us all, but since I don’t have the bank balance for one, good luck to you then.

    Like its FK8 predecessor, the FL5 Civic Type R uses a KC20C1 2.0 litre turbo-four mated exclusively to a six-speed manual driving the front wheels – no auto option, nor AWD, which is the way it should be. Outputs for Malaysia are 319 PS at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 2,600 to 4,000 rpm, slightly lower than the 330 PS/420 Nm of Japan – like Australia, this is probably due to our fuel quality.

    More on the sixth-generation Civic Type R in our launch report.

    GALLERY: 2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 in Malaysia

     
     
  • 2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 launched in Malaysia – 2.0T, 319 PS, 420 Nm, 6MT, Sensing/Connect, RM400k

    2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 launched in Malaysia – 2.0T, 319 PS, 420 Nm, 6MT, Sensing/Connect, RM400k

    It’s here, the latest iteration of one of the most loved and revered names in the car world – the Honda Civic Type R.

    This is the FL5, the sixth-generation Civic Type R with a hatchback body, the hottest version of the 11th-generation Civic and successor to the FK8 that we love. Before that was the FK2, which introduced turbo to the nameplate. Prior to that was a series of fabulous naturally aspirated VTEC engines in the FN2, EP3 and the one that started it all, the EK9. Of course, who can forget the FD2, the first Type R model to be officially sold in Malaysia, which was the only country to get the get the JDM sedan outside of Japan. Check out the past masters in a mini gallery below.

    Honda Malaysia has form when it comes to Civic Type R (we also received the FK8), which is why we were expecting the FL5 to eventually reach our shores, even before it was teased to the media in March this year. Fast forward half a year and celebrity parents and football clubs would say: He’s here and he’s perfect.

    Like its FK8 predecessor, the FL5 Civic Type R uses a KC20C1 2.0 litre turbo-four mated exclusively to a six-speed manual driving the front wheels – no auto option, nor AWD, which is the way it should be. Outputs for Malaysia are 319 PS at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 2,600 to 4,000 rpm, slightly lower than the 330 PS/420 Nm of Japan – like Australia, this is probably due to our fuel quality.

    The higher figures (for Japan) are due to a redesigned turbocharger where the size, shape and number of the turbine wheel blades have been optimised along with the flow path of the intake charge. Other changes include an increased air intake flow rate as well as a more efficient exhaust system. The latter features a straight through design and an active exhaust valve. They’ve improved the Active Sound Control.

    Powertrain aside, the effective opening area of the radiator has been increased by 48% thanks to an enlarged grille opening. There’s also a lighter flywheel, and the rev-match system has been revised to be more precise. The 6MT also gains a high-rigidity lever and an optimised shift gate pattern for more precise and direct shifts, accompanied by a helical-type LSD and aluminium shift knob.

    2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 launched in Malaysia – 2.0T, 319 PS, 420 Nm, 6MT, Sensing/Connect, RM400k

    Elsewhere, the suspension (front MacPherson struts, rear multi-link) gains increased rigidity and setup was retuned for better straight-line stability and steering feel. As before, you get electronically controlled dampers with three drive modes (Comfort, Sport and R+) plus a new Individual setting.

    The carryover two-piece front brake rotors get better cooling as well as a retuned booster for enhanced feel and controllability. Honda worked closely with Michelin to develop the Pilot Sport 4S tyres, which now have a 265/30 profile, 20 mm wider than before. The black wheels with ‘inside out’ lip design are 19-inch items (an inch smaller than the FK8) and they contribute to a 25 mm wider front track, while rear track is wider by 12.7 mm.

    Compared to the FK8, today’s CTR is 20 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 12.7 mm lower. Honda says that the driver sits lower than before in a newly designed and lighter sport seat, which is of course covered in full red fabric. There’s no other interior colour option; likewise, Honda Malaysia is only offering the FL5 in the Type R signature Championship White, just like with the FK8.

    2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 launched in Malaysia – 2.0T, 319 PS, 420 Nm, 6MT, Sensing/Connect, RM400k

    Unlike the FK8 though, the more matured FL5 is made in Japan and is a CBU import from Honda’s Yorii plant in the Saitama prefecture. There’s also Honda’s Sensing suite of driver assist features, Honda Connect, Log R Data Logger (includes Sepang) and a reverse camera/sensors, things that our previous generation CTR didn’t enjoy. There are eight airbags in total, including knee airbags for the front occupants.

    Despite its super aggressive aero-honed looks, the FK8 was actually a good daily with decent ride – with these new features and more subtle looks (12% better Cd value, more ‘integrated’ styling, no more fake carbon print and red accents) the new Type R should be even better in this respect.

    By the way, the flared rear fenders are now unique to Type R, instead of the old car’s plastic extensions. The hatchback’s rear doors (no more Type R badge) are also now unique to match the wider fenders. Oh, and the rear bench centre is not for human seating – there are cupholders there, so it’s a four-seater.

    Would you like to have one? Who wouldn’t, which makes the admission price of RM399,900 on-the-road without insurance the biggest limiting factor, alongside spouse approval. If that sounds high, bear in mind the FL5’s Thailand price of 3,990,000 baht, which is now equivalent to RM514k.

    There’s one more hurdle though, and it’s a huge one. Potential buyers will have to enter a ballot for the 19 units of the first batch, and Honda Malaysia will pick the names on October 20. Full gallery coming soon. For now, check out the car we checked out in Bangkok earlier this year – the specs are similar. Detailed specs on CarBase.my.

    GALLERY: 2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 in Malaysia

    GALLERY: Honda Civic Type R past masters

     
     
  • Bangkok 2023: Honda Civic Type R FL5 open for booking in Thailand tomorrow, RM520k hot hatch!

    Bangkok 2023: Honda Civic Type R FL5 open for booking in Thailand tomorrow, RM520k hot hatch!

    A Honda Civic for over RM500k? You better believe it! The latest Honda Civic Type R is present at the 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show and the official price of the FL5 has been revealed as 3,990,000 baht, which is equivalent to RM520k.

    Who does crazy things like this, some might ask. I don’t know, but let’s watch it fly off the shelves, figuratively, tomorrow morning. Limited units will be available for the Thailand market, and interested parties have to put their names down at Honda Thailand’s official website at 10am tomorrow, March 22. I’m guessing that demand will greatly outstrip supply, even at 4m baht a pop, so it’ll be something like a ballot.

    Like its predecessor, the FK8, the FL5 model uses a KC20C1 2.0 litre turbo-four mated to a six-speed manual driving the front wheels. Output is slightly higher – the Japan market model puts out 330 PS at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 2,600 to 4,000 rpm; this is 10 PS and 20 Nm more than before.

    Bangkok 2023: Honda Civic Type R FL5 open for booking in Thailand tomorrow, RM520k hot hatch!

    The higher figures are due to a redesigned turbocharger where the size, shape and number of the turbine wheel blades have been optimised along with the flow path of the intake charge. Other changes include an increased air intake flow rate as well as a more efficient exhaust system. The latter features a straight through design and an active exhaust valve. They’ve improved the Active Sound Control.

    Powertrain aside, the effective opening area of the radiator has been increased by 48% thanks to an enlarged grille opening. There’s also a lighter flywheel, and the rev-match system has been revised to be more precise. The 6MT also gains a high-rigidity lever and an optimised shift gate pattern for more precise and direct shifts, accompanied by a helical-type LSD and aluminium shift knob.

    We’ve already detailed the FL5 Civic Type R – click here for more. Is it coming to Malaysia? Well, Honda Malaysia said last week that it will set to introduce four new models in 2023, three of which will be all-new, and the fourth a facelift. HM has form when it comes to Type R models and the FL5 is highly likely to be one of the three – here’s why. The question now is, how much?

    GALLERY: FL5 Honda Civic Type R

     
     
  • Honda Malaysia set to launch four new models in 2023 – WR-V, CR-V, FL5 Civic Type R and City facelift

    Honda Malaysia set to launch four new models in 2023 – WR-V, CR-V, FL5 Civic Type R and City facelift

    Honda Malaysia is set to introduce four new vehicles in 2023, three of which will be all-new models, and the fourth a facelift. This was revealed in the business plan briefing the company held during its media night last Friday.

    One of the four models was highlighted – while not specifically mentioned, the “small SUV” that was shown in a slide during the presentation is easily identified as the WR-V. Due to be introduced here in the third quarter, it will be joined by the sixth-generation CR-V and the FL5 Civic Type R, despite there being no outright identification of both during the briefing.

    The CR-V, which was unveiled last July and set to be officially introduced in Thailand this coming Wednesday, is pretty much a given, seeing that the SUV has been spied running road trials in Malaysia and the nameplate very much a staple for the brand here.

    When it eventually arrives, it is expected to do so as an e:HEV hybrid with a 2.0 litre engine and as a petrol variant, with the familiar 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo mill continuing to hold court. Word on the grapevine is that it will only debut after the WR-V arrives, which means it won’t be introduced before Q3.

    As for the new Civic Type R, a photo of a manual gear knob in a presentation slide is as good an indicator as any that it’s coming. The FL5, which is based on the 11th-generation Civic Hatchback, is the follow-up act to the FK8 that was introduced here in 2017.

    No indication of pricing, but before you get too excited by the prospect of the 330 PS/420 Nm firebrand, it’s safe to expect that the price of the new one will be higher than the previous-gen, which went for RM320,000 when it arrived.

    Finally, the facelift, and this will be that of the City. The refreshed fifth-generation sedan made its debut in India earlier this month. Save the minor revisions to the exterior and interior, buyers can expect to find everything familiar about the car, including the powertrain choices available for it.

    GALLERY: Honda WR-V

    GALLERY: Honda CR-V, sixth-gen

    GALLERY: FL5 Honda Civic Type R

    GALLERY: Honda City facelift

     
     
  • 2023 Honda Civic Type R in Europe – 2.0L VTEC Turbo with 329 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; Honda Sensing; fr RM216k

    2023 Honda Civic Type R in Europe – 2.0L VTEC Turbo with 329 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; Honda Sensing; fr RM216k

    Official pricing for the all-new Honda Civic Type R has been revealed for Europe, with the FL5-generation retailing from 46,995 euros (RM216,010). According to Honda Europe, the order books are now open as of November 30, and the first customer deliveries are set to take place from January next year.

    The latest Civic Type R first made its debut last July and is powered by an updated version of the K20C1 used in the outgoing FK8-generation model. The FL5’s 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder, at least in Europe, is rated at 329 PS at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm, making it the most powerful Civic Type R ever – 0-100 km/h time takes just 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 275 km/h.

    Honda Europe included plenty of technical details in it release, including mention of the straight exhaust system that increases the exhaust airflow rate by 13% over the previous model, while also reducing back pressure and allowing the engine to perform more efficiently.

    The new exhaust system also sports a newly designed triple-exit catback that has an active valve to further increase exhaust gas flow, accompanied by enhancements to the sound modulation for improved aural sensation to increase driver engagement.

    Other changes include an upgraded radiator for better temperature control and cooling during sustained heavy use, which works with the 48% larger opening provided by the new grille and front bumper design. The car’s air intake is also larger in diameter to enable a 10% increase in intake flow rate, with a revised engine control system in charge of controlling ignition timing and VTC (Variable Timing Control) to improve overall throttle response under acceleration.

    The uprated mill drives the front wheels through a helical-type limited-slip differential and six-speed manual transmission, the latter of which has been improved with a high-rigidity lever, an optimised shift gate pattern and spring rate as well as a revised rev-match system. The flywheel has been made 18% lighter to reduce inertia by 25%, further contributing to the VTEC Turbo’s responsiveness.

    As for the chassis, the 35 mm longer wheelbase is paired with wider tracks and rear body rigidity is up 15% thanks to 3.8 times more adhesive being used. Elsewhere, the aluminium bonnet is 43% lighter than the previous model’s steel panel, while the resin tailgate is 20% lighter than before.

    2023 Honda Civic Type R in Europe – 2.0L VTEC Turbo with 329 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; Honda Sensing; fr RM216k

    A revised dual-axis front suspension with new lower suspension arms that are optimised in shape and rigidity help achieve a 16% increase in camber rigidity, and is joined by a larger diameter, 60% more rigid, torsion bar for the electric power steering column.

    In terms of kit, the Civic Type R in Europe comes with automatic LED headlamps, 19-inch matte black wheels (with wider bespoke 265/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres), a nine-inch Honda Connect touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Honda LogR 2.0), eight speakers, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control as well as keyless entry and start.

    The Honda Sensing suite is standard and includes Forward Collision Warning System, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Cross Traffic Monitor, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam. These join the eight airbags and array of passive safety systems.

     
     
  • 2023 Honda Civic Type R price in Australia – fr RM220k

    2023 Honda Civic Type R price in Australia – fr RM220k

    The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be priced at AUD72,600 (RM220,049) drive-away in Australia, with the start of order-taking set to take place on December 1 and deliveries will begin from February next year, according to a report by Drive. Since its global debut in July, Honda Australia has received more than 4,000 registrations of interest for the FL5-generation hot hatch.

    It should be noted the asking price for the new Civic Type R is AUD12,000 (RM36,373) more expensive than its predecessor, which sold for AUD60,000 (RM166,672) drive-away. Compared to the previous FK8-generation Civic Type R Limited Edition, the price differential is smaller at AUD2,600 (RM7,882).

    Customers will get more for the higher price tag, including an updated version of the KC20C1 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that now makes 320 PS (315 hp or 235 kW) and 420 Nm of torque – up by 10 PS (9 hp or 7 kW) and 20 Nm. The new figures are still less than what Japan-spec models get, largely due to Australia’s fuel quality.

    A six-speed transmission continues to send drive to the front wheels via limited-slip differential and the FL5 gets wider tyres (265/30 instead of 245/30), 19-inch wheels, an active sports exhaust, electronic rev-matching, adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, improved cooling as well as a more matured design.

    Standard equipment for Australia includes red and black suede upholstery, red carpets, an aluminium shift knob, Honda’s LogR track data recorder, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, a wireless charger, ambient lighting and the Honda Sensing suite (autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition).

    Four colours will be made available, namely Championship White, Rally Red, Sonic Grey and Crystal Black, although Boost Blue (also known as Racing Blue Pearl in Japan) will not be offered in Australia. In Japan, the Civic Type R retails for 4,997,300 yen (RM162,337), also higher than what it previously was at 4,500,360 yen (RM146,203).

    Are you hoping for the new Civic Type R to be launched in Malaysia? We did get the FK8 previously (but not the facelift), which sold for RM320,000 OTR without insurance when it went on sale in November 2017 during the GST era – it increased to RM330,002 when SST came back into play. Considering the FL5 costs more in both Australia and Japan, interested parties could be paying more if, and only if, Honda Malaysia confirms its availability.

    GALLERY: 2023 Honda Civic Type R (Japan market)

     
     
  • 2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 launched in Vietnam

    2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 launched in Vietnam

    The 2023 Honda Civic Type R has been launched in Vietnam, making the country the first in the ASEAN region to receive the successor to the FK8 Civic Type R before Thailand and Malaysia.

    This comes three months after the FL5 Civic Type R made its debut in July this year, and the FL5 Civic Type R will go on sale in Vietnam in “limited quantities”, the carmaker stated at the car’s Vietnamese market launch.

    According to Vietnamese website Autopro, the built-in-Japan FL5 Civic Type R will be offered on the market with a choice of five exterior colours – Championship White, Rallye Red, Racing Blue Pearl, Sonic Grey Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.

    FL5 Civic Type R, US market

    Pre-orders for the car are being taken in Vietnam, though official retail prices will only be announced at the end of the year; customer deliveries will take place in the second quarter of 2023, according to Honda.

    Honda announced the engine output figures for the FL5 Civic Type R at its US and Japanese market debuts last month, and it has been revealed that the K20C1 turbocharged inline-four cylinder petrol engine makes 330 PS at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm from 2,600 rpm to 4,000 rpm, which are increases of 10 PS and 20 Nm over the same engine in the FK8 predecessor.

    The Vietnamese market car however produces slightly less peak power at 315 hp (320 PS) and the same peak torque figure, which is what the United States market receives. Transmission for the latest Civic Type R continues to be a six-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching, sending drive to the front wheels via a helical-type limited-slip differential.

    2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 launched in Vietnam

    According to Autopro, the FL5 Civic Type R for Vietnam gets the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems comprised of the collision mitigating braking system, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control with low-speed range follow, lane departure mitigation, lane keeping assist and front departure alert. For track driving, there is also the Honda LogR data logger, and smartphone pairing is supported by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    As for Malaysia, the FL5 Civic Type R could be sold officially on our shores as a local dealer advertised in a since-deleted Facebook post that the upcoming model is open for booking at prices between RM350k and RM380k. Would this be your flavour of turbocharged Japanese hot hatch, or do you prefer something with all-wheel-drive?

    2023 FL5 Honda Civic Type R, US market

    2023 FL5 Honda Civic Type R

     
     
  • 2023 Honda FL5 Civic Type R specs – 2.0L VTEC Turbo makes 330 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; RM160k in Japan

    2023 Honda FL5 Civic Type R specs – 2.0L VTEC Turbo makes 330 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; RM160k in Japan

    When Honda revealed the all-new Civic Type R back in July, the carmaker did not state how much power the hot hatch’s VTEC Turbo engine made. With the company announcing the market launch of the Civic Type R for Japan and the United States today, we finally have an answer.

    Like its FK8 predecessor, the new FL5 model uses a KC20C1 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual driving the front wheels. Where the previous car made 320 PS (316 hp) and 400 Nm of torque, the latest Civic Type R now serves up 330 PS (326 hp or 243 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm from 2,600 to 4,000 rpm, which represents an increase of 10 PS (10 hp) and 20 Nm.

    These figures apply to the Japanese market, but it is a different story in the United States. Due to vehicle emissions regulations over there, the mill is “neutered” somewhat to produce 320 PS (316 hp or 235 kW) and the same 420 Nm. Even so, it’s still an improvement of 9 PS (9 hp) and 20 Nm from the previous US-spec FK8.

    The higher outputs are due to a redesigned turbocharger where the size, shape and number of the turbocharger’s turbine wheel blades have been optimised along with the flow path of the intake charge. Other changes include an increased air intake flow rate as well as a more efficient exhaust system that features a straight through design and an active exhaust valve. Active Sound Control is still a thing here, and that has been improved to make it sound better on the inside, albeit with simulated engine noise.

    2023 Honda FL5 Civic Type R specs – 2.0L VTEC Turbo makes 330 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; RM160k in Japan

    Besides the powertrain improvements, Honda also detailed some of the other changes it made for the new Type R. For starters, the effective opening area of the radiator has been increased by 48% thanks to an enlarged grille opening that makes up the FL5’s new face.

    There’s also a lighter flywheel and the rev-match system has been revised to ensure perfectly paired rev-matching when downshifting. The transmission also gains a high-rigidity lever and an optimised shift gate pattern for more precise and direct gear changes, accompanied by a helical-type limited-slip differential and aluminum shift knob.

    Elsewhere, the suspension gains increased support rigidity, while the front MacPherson struts and rear multi-link setup gets retuned for better straight-line stability and steering feel. You still get electronically controlled dampers, which can be adjusted according to three drive modes (Comfort, Sport and R+), with a new Individual mode available for personalisation.

    2023 Honda FL5 Civic Type R specs – 2.0L VTEC Turbo makes 330 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; RM160k in Japan

    In terms of braking performance, the Type R’s two-piece front brake rotors (inherited from the previous model) reduce unsprung weight and the braking system now boasts better cooling as well as a retuned brake booster for enhanced feel and controllability.

    Honda also worked closely with Michelin to develop the Pilot Sport 4S tyres used on the Type R, which now have a 265/30 profile, making them 20 mm wider than before. The rubbers are mounted on 19-inch wheels that adopt a “reverse rim” design that reverses the shape of the inner and outer rims. This is said to reduce the distortion on the inward side of the wheel and improves the stability of the tyre contact patch under load.

    The new wheels and tyres result in a 25 mm wider front track, while the rear is up by 12.7 mm. Coupled with the FL hatchback base and Type R-specific exterior design cues, the new car’s body is 20 mm longer and 15 mm wider. The vehicle’s height is also down 12.7 mm, with Honda saying the driver sits lower than before in a newly designed and lighter sport seat.

    2023 Honda FL5 Civic Type R specs – 2.0L VTEC Turbo makes 330 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; RM160k in Japan

    For track driving enthusiasts, the Honda LogR performance data logger has been enhanced and combines the onboard computer and sensors with a new built-in vehicle app, so owners no longer require the accompanying smartphone app. The system helps drivers monitor and record a variety of performance parameters in real time when driving on the track or other closed courses, which can help them improve their driving skills.

    The Civic Type R is produced at the Honda’s Yorii plant in Japan but the K20C1 will continue to be built at the company’s Anna engine plant in Ohio, United States. Five colours are offered, namely Championship White, Rallye Red (Flame Red in Japan), Boost Blue (Racing Blue Pearl in Japan), Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Grey Pearl. Pricing for the model in the US will be revealed when it is launched there this fall, while in Japan, the asking price is 4,997,300 yen (RM160,638).

    The pre-facelift FK8 was sold in Malaysia in the past but the facelifted model never arrived in large numbers (more than one). There is a possibility the FL5 will be officially sold here, as several weeks ago, a local dealer advertised on Facebook (the post is gone now) that the hot hatch was available for booking and the estimated price is between RM350k and RM380k. Of course, there’s no word from Honda Malaysia just yet, so we’ll have to wait and dream for now.

    GALLERY: 2023 Honda Civic Type R (Japan market)

    GALLERY: 2023 Honda Civic Type R (United States market)

     
     
  • FL5 Civic Type R accessories by Honda Access Japan

    FL5 Civic Type R accessories by Honda Access Japan

    What do you think of the all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R? Many will like the FL5’s more subtle looks compared to the wild FK8, but some might lament the softer appearance of the new hot hatch, preferring the all-action looks of the outgoing CTR. If you’re in the latter camp, sorry, the official accessories from Honda Access won’t help.

    That’s because the genuine Honda accessories don’t do much for the exterior, with only the red wing mirror caps being obvious. Look closely though and you’ll see that the big rear wing is different. The main piece is curved upwards and the side tips are raised for more of a separate-piece look.

    Unlike the stock wing, this piece is made from carbon fibre and that shaves 1 kg. There’s some red in the CF weave (finished with a clear coat) and if you look at the underside, there’s a pattern that Honda says improves aerodynamics and rear downforce. Honda Access learned this from the development of the Modulo X series for JDM models. That’s it for the exterior – wing and red mirrors.

    Inside, the same carbon pattern is used on the centre console (replaces the stock silver trim) and door cards. The shift knob is in black alumite, wrapped with red leather, if you don’t like the full metal knob traditionally used by Type R cars. Black alumite is also found on the side step garnish with illuminated Type R logo. Speaking of lights, there’s also a welcome door projector light with the Type R logo.

    The Type R seats are already in full red, but if you want more red still, you can opt for the red carpets that come in anti-odour and anti-bacterial material. There’s a heel pad for the driver and some black alumite too, although it’s not clear how the latter will be integrated. Plenty of red or white LEDs to put around the cabin, too.

    Non-sporty items include a Qi wireless charger, luggage tray and paint protection film. The red weave carbon and black shift knob with red leather are similar to what Honda Access offered for the FK8 Civic Type R. No special wheels this time around, though.

    Think of these items as Modulo accessories, but for the CTR (Modulo is a Honda Access brand) – what do you think? More on the new Civic Type R here.

    GALLERY: 2023 Honda Civic Type R, FL5

     
     
  • 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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