It’s the most powerful Type R ever offered on our shores, but Australia’s fuel quality means we miss out on a handful of kilowatts.
Performance figures for the 2023 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch have been released ahead of the car’s launch early next year.
Honda has announced the Civic Type R will produce 235kW and 420Nm from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in Australia – an improvement of 7kW and 20Nm respectively over the previous ‘CTR’.
Leaked information in July 2022 – and confirmed today by the brand – reveals the Type R is being offered with slightly more power in its home market of Japan, with a total of 243kW/420Nm on tap when it goes on sale there tomorrow.
While our lower quality fuel is likely to blame for the 8kW power deficit, Australian-delivered cars still get the full-fat 420Nm of torque being offered on the Japanese variant.
Despite the minor power difference, the new Civic Type R is the most powerful model ever sold in Australia, while fuel economy is expected to be improved in this new generation.
Other performance highlights announced by Honda today include:
- A redesigned turbocharger, increased air intake flow and a more efficient exhaust
- Larger radiator and air opening for improved cooling
- Lighter flywheel for the transmission, with an “optimised” shift gate pattern
- “Significantly more rigid” body structure with larger track widths
- Two-piece front brake discs with improved cooling
- Four drive modes: Comfort, Sport, +R and Individual
- 19-inch matte black wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres
- Serialised Type R build plate on the dashboard
- Unique digital instrument cluster views for different modes
- LogR performance data-logging application
Though overseas pricing is already known, local prices will be announced closer to the launch of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R in early 2023.