Honda will open orders for the Civic Type R on December 1, with the first customer deliveries scheduled to begin in February 2023.
It’s priced from $72,600 drive-away, or $25,400 more than the base VTi-LX. For reference, the outgoing model closed out its run with a price tag of $54,990 before on-road costs.
It will be the final variant to join the local 11th-generation Civic range, slotting in at the top above the imminent e:HEV LX hybrid.
The Type R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 235kW of power and 420Nm of torque, up 7kW and 20Nm on the outgoing model.
A six-speed manual remains the only transmission option.
Over the previous model, it includes numerous new performance, safety and convenience features. These include:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Traffic sign recognition
- Intelligent speed limiter
- Driver attention monitoring
- Dual front knee airbags
- Active exhaust
- 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster
- Wireless phone charger
- Satellite navigation
- Ambient lighting
- Auto-retractable exterior mirrors
- Smart Clear Wiper windscreen wiper/washer system
- Acoustic windscreen
There’s also a new individual drive mode and wider 265/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, while the new-generation touchscreen is a larger 9.0-inch unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and the seats now feature full suede upholstery.
Exterior finishes comprise Championship White, Rally Red, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey.
The Type R is built at Honda’s Yorii plant in Japan, while its K20C1 engine comes from the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio.
Its increased outputs come courtesy of a redesigned turbocharger, increased air intake flow rate, and a more efficient active exhaust.
With a broader grille opening, larger radiator, and new large-diameter fan, Honda says the engine cools more efficiently than before, “ensuring sustained, optimal performance during extreme driving”.
The six-speed manual transmission features a lighter flywheel than before, and the rev-match system works faster. Honda says the “high-rigidity lever and optimised shift gate pattern” offer a “reassured and hyper-precise gear change”.
Honda says it developed the Civic Type R to be the fastest front-engine, front-wheel drive vehicle, while offering both an “addictive” driving feel and secure high-speed stability.
The new generation has a more rigid body structure, a longer wheelbase, and wider tracks front and rear.
Honda has retuned the dual-axis strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension to improve straight-line stability and steering feel. The front brakes feature dual-piece rotors, and cooling has been improved relative to the previous model.
The Type R rides on 19-inch matte black wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
Inside, the Type R features a digital instrument cluster with +R mode-exclusive displays which put information like the engine rpm, rev indicator and gear position in clear view of the driver.
Honda’s LogR data logger system provides real-time information on the vehicle’s movements through both a smartphone app and a new in-car app.
The driver sits lower than before in new, lighter sports seats with heavy bolstering and suede-effect upholstery.
Click an image to view the full gallery.
MORE: Everything Honda Civic