Honda Australia Unveils the Sixth Generation Civic Type R!

Jacob Brooke
March 22, 2023
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Honda has introduced the all-new 2023 Civic Type R, a high-performance vehicle that comes with several upgrades and enhancements. The new Type R features a range of new technologies, features, and enhancements that improve performance, handling, and safety.

Stronger Body and Sharper Handling

The all-new Civic Type R boasts an extensive use of high-strength steel that increases stiffness and reduces weight. The circular “frames” around the engine compartment strut towers and behind the rear seats improve floor strength, steering feel, precision, and front-rear rigidity. Additionally, the vehicle features a new lightweight resin hatch, a resin front bulkhead, and an aluminium hood that minimises weight gain.

The dual-axis strut front suspension, specially tuned Adaptive Damper System, and wider tires and wheels all contribute to sharper handling. The new forged wheels are wrapped in stickier 265/30 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, and the steering feel and controllability are enhanced by the upgraded Electric Power Steering system. The new Civic Type R also comes with four available drive modes, including Comfort, Sport, +R, and a new Individual mode.

2023 Type R On-Track

Integrated Advanced Aerodynamics

The all-new Civic Type R's exterior is sleek and sophisticated, with beautifully integrated advanced aerodynamics. The wider rear doors and fenders guide air around the rear wheels without fluctuations in pressure. The redesigned rear spoiler and a new rear diffuser intensify downforce and reduce drag. The bottom of the Type R’s windshield A-pillars have been pulled rearward to improve visibility and visually connect the pillars to the front wheel hub.

2023 Type R Rear

In-car Technology

The 2023 Civic Type R offers a compelling package of in-car technological features, which connects owners to their everyday lives. The simple-to-use 9-inch Advanced Display Audio touchscreen incorporates hard buttons and customisable shortcuts to use functions and audio sources more often. The Type R's new digital instrumentation display features clean, easy-to-read graphics and an extensive selection of displays. Additionally, the new enhanced version of the Honda LogR® 2.0 Data logger combines the Type R's onboard computer and sensors with a new built-in vehicle app to help drivers monitor and record a variety of parameters in real time.

2023 Type R Interior

Suite of Safety Features, Including Honda SENSING

The all-new Civic Type R sets a new standard in its class for both active and passive safety technology. It features a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure optimised for oblique collisions. The new driver and passenger frontal airbags are designed to cradle the head and control rotation, and new knee airbags and rear side impact airbags are standard. The new Civic Type R also includes a wide-view, single-camera Honda Sensing® system, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), updated Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).

2023 Type R Front

Specifications, Equipment, and Pricing

The all-new Civic Type R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces up to 235kW of power and 420 Nm of torque. It comes with a wide-ranging list of new features and technologies, including an individual drive mode, active exhaust valve, customisable 10.2-inch high-definition full-colour digital driver information display, traffic sign recognition system, intelligent speed limiter, driver attention monitor, 9-inch Advanced Display Audio touchscreen system, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charger, Honda Connect, in-built Honda LogR, satellite navigation, and full suede-effect seat trim.

The all-new Civic Type R has a national drive-away price of $72,600 and comes in the historic Championship White, Rally Red, Crystal Black, and Sonic Grey.

2023 Type R Interior

Specifications Summarised

Engine

Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine

Power output: 235kW

Torque output: 420 Nm

Transmission:

6-speed manual transmission

Drive:

Front-wheel drive

Suspension:

Dual-axis strut front suspension

Adaptive Damper System

High-strength steel and aluminium components

Wider tires and wheels

Improved braking performance

Aerodynamics:

Advanced aerodynamics with well-balanced downforce in front and rear

Redesigned rear spoiler with aluminium diecast upright supports and a new rear diffuser

Hemmed wheel arches for optimized wheel placement

Technology:

9-inch Advanced Display Audio touchscreen system with customisable shortcuts and hard buttons

Android Auto with Google Assist™

Wireless Apple CarPlay®

Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming

Alps Alpine satellite navigation

USB connectivity (2 ports in front)

Over The Air map and system updates

LogR data logger

Digital radio (DAB+)

AM/FM radio

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features:

Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure optimized for oblique collisions

10 airbags (including driver and front passenger knee airbags and new rear seat side-impact airbags)

Wide-view, single-camera Honda Sensing® system

Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) added to Honda Sensing®

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

Exterior:

Championship White, Rally Red, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey colour options

Gloss black exterior accents (grille and air intakes, exterior mirrors, window trim, rear diffuser and spoiler)

Matte black 5-spoke wheels with black lug nuts

Laser brazing technology for a smooth roof line

Redesigned door handles with touchpad locking system

Interior:

Full suede-effect seat trim

Ambient door trim and front footwell lighting

Pricing:

Type R: $72,600 (National Drive Away Price, excluding accessories. Concession benefits may apply.)

Jacob Brooke
Jacob Brooke, a respected voice in the world of automotive journalism, brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to his reviews at CarSauce. His keen eye for detail and passion for all things cars shine through in his in-depth analysis and honest evaluations of the latest models of cars. Join him as he guides readers through the car-buying process and explores the exciting world of motoring.

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