Posted on Friday 10/28
Pricing for the 2023 Honda Civic Type R will start at less than $43,000. That’s a big jump—about $5,000—over the last time Honda built a Type R. But it’s been two years since the last Type R came out, and it’s noticeably stronger and more refined.
Honda Civic High Performance
The standard Honda Civic is one of the most polished yet affordable compact cars on the road. Available as a sedan or hatchback, this vehicle recently won our Best Buy award among compact cars for its outstanding balance between affordable price and improved driving dynamics. Civic pricing starts at $24,650 (plus a $1,095 delivery fee).
But Honda makes two high-performance versions of the Civic.
The Civic Si is closer to being a typical daily driver but still equipped for light-to-stop fun. It produces 200 horsepower (more than a base Civic 158) and adds a limited-slip differential to hold things in corners. Starts at $28,100 (plus the same delivery fee).
The Civic Type R takes things even further.
Specifications released this week
We’ve known the basics of the Type R since Honda unveiled it in the middle of the summer.
Front Wheel Drive (FWD) Like every Civic, it uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. We now know it produces 315 horsepower. This, Honda says, makes it “Honda’s most powerful and best-selling production car in America.”
It comes with a 6-speed, short-range manual transmission with a tachymeter matching system.
It has a chassis separate from other Civics – taller, lower and wider than the Si, with large flares on the fender giving it a more aggressive look. A large rear spoiler rides on the die-cast aluminum struts to provide some extra stability.
It’s a more civilized look than the previous Rs, which sometimes sounded aggressively like tuner projects from a SEMA show. But she can beat them all over the track. The car recently set a new production SUV record at Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
Right in the middle of the competition
The 2023 Civic Type R has a sticker price of $42,895 plus a destination fee of $1,095.
This puts it in a position among its more natural competitors. The all-new Toyota GR Corolla for 2023 starts at $35,900. Volkswagen Golf R starts at $44.290.