Just last week Honda revealed the boosted performance figures of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R. Unfortunately for those who wish to own it, Honda has confirmed that it will only make 400 units per month and that is for Japan only. Even for the Japanese market, Type R customers may have to wait for up to six months until the delivery of their cars.
The new Civic Type R is built at the Yorii Plant in Japan. The K20C1 engine, on the other hand, will continue to be built at Honda’s Anna Engine Plant in Sidney, Ohio.
Powered by an enhanced version of the K20C1 engine, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R makes 315 hp @6,500 rpm and 420 Nm @2,600-4,000 rpm. The six-speed manual transmission has also been enhanced with a lighter flywheel, a revised rev match system, a high-rigidity lever, and an optimized shift gate pattern.
A helical-type LSD is also present on the 2022 Civic Type R. Handling-wise, Honda has widened the track of the Type R by one inch in front and 0.5 inches at the rear. The wheelbase has been extended by 1.4 inches. The body is more rigid than that of its predecessors and most of the body panels are exclusive to the Type R.
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So far, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R has clocked a 2:23.120 time on the Suzuka circuit. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time has yet to be revealed.
Despite the track-oriented design, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R offers conveniences like wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, and a Bose Centrepoint Premium Sound system as standard. Colour options for the 2023 Civic Type R include Historic Championship White, Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl, and Sonic Grey Pearl.
With customers in Japan having to wait for up to six months, the waiting period for other countries may take longer. The long waiting period comes as no surprise as the entire automotive industry has been hit by the chip shortage and the supply chain issue.