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New 2023 FL5 Civic Type R: First Looks, Pricing And Release Date

New 2023 FL5 Civic Type R: First Looks, Pricing And Release Date Both the street and the racetrack have been used to operate the most recent FL5 generation Honda Civic Type R. It may be the final front-drive, the manual-transmission hot hatch of a quickly disappearing breed. A front end so sophisticated it can outwit its own driver, one with 324 horsepower, a top speed of 171 mph, less menacing outward appearance than the preceding FK8. It truly is capable of some amazing feats.

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Although the 2023 Honda Civic Type R has a more understated appearance than its avant-garde predecessor, it should nevertheless be more exhilarating to drive. The Civic Type R is based on the more sophisticated 11th-generation Civic, which is investigated separately and is only offered as a hatchback. The new Civic Type R features the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the outgoing model, but it produces 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque instead.

2023 FL5 Civic Type R

The front-wheel-drive 2023 FL5 Civic Type R six-speed manual transmission has been reinforced to handle the extra power, and Honda has improved brake cooling to help it endure the punishment of track days. Despite having an Ohio engine and being constructed in Japan, the new CTR is fun to drive.

2023 FL5 Civic Type R Engine & Performance

The 2017 Civic Type R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivers 315 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 310 pound-feet of torque between 2600 and 4000 rpm owing to an improved exhaust system and redesigned turbocharger. For the Civic Type R, other improvements include a larger radiator and improved brake cooling. Honda has also increased the rpm at which the active exhaust valve opens in order to improve the vehicle’s four-cylinder symphony. Rowing at the new CTR’s six-speed manual transmission should be made more rewarding by a lighter flywheel and an improved rev-match mechanism.

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Torque steer is effectively reduced by the Honda’s revolutionary dual-axis strut front suspension, which is only available in front-drive models. The new Civic Type R doesn’t have the same radical styling as the previous model, but it still has a large back wing, other aerodynamic additions, and 19-inch wheels shod with gripping Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tires. The CTR accelerated to 60 mph on our test track in 4.9 seconds and passed the quarter-mile mark at 106 mph in 13.5 seconds. Its round around our skidpad at 1.02 g’s was even more amazing.

2023 FL5 Civic Type R

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2023 FL5 Civic Type R Design

Honda considerably reduced the boy-racer vibe with this new Type R. The fake bumper vents and enormous bonnet scoop are first of all gone, and in their stead is a smooth, body-colored bumper with a small vent that lets hot air out of the engine compartment. The rear spoiler is still far bigger than anything you’d see on an Audi S3 or Mercedes-AMG A35, but it now sits on smaller metal struts rather than the massive vertical end plates of the older models. The only parts of the standard Civic that remain are the front doors and tailgate, making the new Type R wider and lower.

Honda has preserved the stylish triple exhaust system and rear diffuser that are reminiscent of Ferrari, but it has done away with the wheel arch extensions that were glued to the original Type R in favor of flares that have been expertly shaved into the bodywork. Overall, this new Type R seems more mature than the previous model, like it was designed by a 20-something who chose to incorporate their unsightly teen tattoos into a sophisticated sleeve pattern. You won’t feel embarrassed to flaunt it in front of strangers even though it still sticks out.

2023 FL5 Civic Type R Release Date

The following Honda Civic Type R is now taking orders, and deliveries should begin in January 2023. There is only one trim level and prices start at £46,995. Additional features include a sizable touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital driver’s display tailored specifically for the Type R, rev-matching for downshifts and 19-inch alloy wheels with high-performanceMichelin tires as standard. One engine and gearbox combination are available; more will be said about that later.

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2023 FL5 Civic Type R

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Key Features of 2023 FL5 Civic Type R

Vehicle Type front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Engine turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed manual
Power 315 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 310 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm
60 mph 4.9 sec
100 mph 12.1 sec
EPA Fuel Economy

(Combined/City/Highway)

24/22/28 mpg

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