Honda makes them salivate with a racy 2023 Civic Type R teaser | News


One of the most anticipated cars of 2022 is the Honda Civic’s Type R performance model. Honda has whet the appetites of enthusiasts with camouflaged teaser photos of the hot hatch being developed at the Suzuka Formula 1 circuit in Japan this week.

The striptease leaves little to the imagination.

The 2023 Type R takes the conservative styling of the 11th-gen Civic and adds a large rear spoiler, inflated rear fenders for bigger tires, central exhaust outlets, and larger front grilles to fuel the turbocharged beast to l inside. The current generation Type R puts out an impressive 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with its 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine and the next-gen model is expected to update the formula.

In defiance of the SUV trend, the 2022 Civic compact sedan was the sixth best-selling non-pickup vehicle in America in the first nine months of 2021, according to Car and Driver. The new Type R will likely be built in Indiana alongside the Civic Sport hatchback after Honda ceases production in Swindon, England earlier this year. The move would continue to cement Honda as one of the Midwest’s largest manufacturers. The Japanese company already produces America’s # 2 best-selling SUV, the CR-V, in East Liberty, Ohio, and the Accord sedan in nearby Marysville. Some 95% of Honda vehicles sold in the United States are manufactured in North America.

The 10th generation car, produced between 2017 and 2021, was a wild sculpture of fenders, splitters and shovels. Car and Driver wrote that the exterior looks like “a disheveled knife drawer” and the new generation is drastically toning down the wardrobe.

The last generation car was a success. The Type R is so coveted that it holds the fifth highest retained value in the US market – 61.3% after five years, according to IntelliChoice – behind only the Porsche Cayman GT4, the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

At half (or less) the retail price of these exotic beasts, the Ultimate Civic is one of the best-performing front-wheel-drive cars on the market.

With a standard six-speed manual transmission, the 10th generation car achieved the fastest time ever on the epic Nürburgring circuit in Germany for a front-wheel drive vehicle in 2017. Renault’s Mégane RS Trophy-R has beat that time in 2019, and the new Type R surely intends to reclaim the title when it debuts next year.

The Honda is leading a parade of affordable, front-wheel-drive performance compacts valued at $ 30,000 in the market, including the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Toyota Corolla GR, Acura Integra Type-S and Hyundai Elantra N – and the popular Civic Si sedan, which shares the Type R’s manual shifter but is shy of around 100 horsepower.

“I have a Type R on order,” said Jason Richman, a Honda enthusiast from Chicago. “I can’t wait. Last year’s Si compared to the Type R was like night and day. With the 11th gen Si ramping up so much, the Type R is going to be on another level.”

Henry Payne is an auto critic for The Detroit News. Find him at [email protected] or Twitter @HenryEPayne.

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