The 2023 Honda Civic Type R Features 315 Horsepower and Track-Oriented Enhancements

Honda gives more details about the Civic Type R that will be sold in the U.S., but the price is still unknown.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2023 Honda Civic Type R makes 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are up by 9 and 15, respectively. According to reports, the new CTR's track-oriented enhancements increase engine cooling and performance.  Honda said that the price of the 2023 Civic Type R will be announced when the car comes out in the fall.

Honda has unveiled the newest Civic Type R like a multi-course feast, dishing out information one by one. We loved the initial images and few specifications that were given in July, but we've been famished for the rich technical data that the business has finally released today.

Ladies and gentlemen, The 2023 Honda Civic Type R is equipped with 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This represents a boost of 9 horsepower and 15 pound-feet in comparison to the previous generation's 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. Maximum horsepower remains at 6500 rpm, while maximum torque is now produced between 2600 and 4000 rpm. Formerly, peak torque was available between 2500 and 4500 rpm.

While the new CTR retains the same K20C1 turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine as its predecessor, numerous improvements contributed to the power increase and, according to Honda, will improve engine responsiveness. The changes include a better-flowing air intake, a rebuilt turbo, and a new exhaust system with a valve that now opens at a higher rpm.

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R is a Leading Hot Hatchback.

We already knew that the new Type R would come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. However, we were unaware of any modifications Honda made to the DIY transmission. Now, we're told that the six-speed transmission features a stronger shift lever and a new shift-gate layout that make gearshifts more accurate and enjoyable. In addition, the '23 CTR has a lighter flywheel, and Honda claims to have improved the transmission's rev-match function. While rumors have circulated regarding a possible dual-clutch automatic transmission, it is not currently in the cards.

According to Honda, the newest Civic Type R was extensively tested on racetracks across the world. The Nürburgring and Japan's Suzuka Circuit, where the Type R established a track record for a front-drive production car, are the most notable names the business discarded. We hope that all these hours of development will pay off when the production models hit the local racetracks.

Among the several track-oriented enhancements made to the R-rated Civic, engine cooling has been enhanced. According to Honda, this was achieved by increasing the car's grille opening and installing a larger radiator with a larger-diameter fan. Also fixed are the brakes, which are said to be better cooled and to have a new brake booster that makes the pedal easier to move.

Honda hasn't said how much the new Type R weighs, but a company spokeswoman told Car & Driver that its curb weight had "increased a little bit."The CTR now rides on smaller 19-inch wheels than the previous 20-inchers, which may lower unsprung weight, but we cannot confirm this. The new rollers are covered with a 0.8-inch-wider and somewhat taller sidewall of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer rubber.

The Civic Type R's front track is 1.0 inches wider and its rear track is 0.8 inches wider than its predecessor. Honda also claims to have retuned the dual-axis strut front and multilink rear suspensions, but does not specify what exact changes were made, stating only that the suspensions should offer improved steering feel and straight-line stability. The redesigned bodywork of the hatchback, which includes hips that are 0.6 inches wider, is more aerodynamic and is supposed to generate more downforce. Additionally, its body structure is reportedly more rigid than before.

The price of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R is unquestionably the most essential piece of information we're still waiting to learn. Honda says we won't know how much the car costs until the fall, when it comes out. This is the last part of a multi-part reveal.

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