It’s said that the new 2023 Honda Civic Type R will come with new design and look. If it’s true, it would be exciting. After all, the line does need a bit of improvement, refreshed upgrade, and touchups that will boost its appearance and look. But will the new Civic Type R come with cosmetic appearance only, or will it have new updates that include power and features?
About the On-going Honda Civic Type R
You have to admit that Type R is one of the most classic and elegant hatchbacks ever designed. Because of its good looks, it manages to survive for so many years and decades. However, the last 10th generation of the hot hatch is over, and outdated signs start to get obvious. Honda wants to change the outdated issue so they decided to have a completely new Type R. They are going to make it a super hatch. The problem is: Will the fans love it just like they love the old Type R?
The Released Version
Recently, Honda had just previewed their next-gen Civic Type R and some photos of the lightly camouflaged prototype. Afterward, there are several renderings on how the hatchback would look like. But the teasers aren’t endorsed and related to Honda, so you should keep that in mind.
Based on the photos released by Honda, the new Type R seems to have a more style and also aggressive look that the other Civic types. But from the renderings, the actual design is possibly tamer and subtler than the current FK8 model.
From Civic hatch’s latest generation would be a great inspiration for the Type R’s new design. It’s considered a more refined and somewhat ‘grown-up’ version that the 10th gen model. It also means that the upcoming Type R won’t have the unique taillights with lobster claw look, but it will have more traditional (and definitely smaller) taillights that would be connected to the (LED) light bar.
On the front side of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R prototype vehicle, the car doesn’t have the big air scoop, which is available on the current model’s hood. But there is also a subtler front side splitter on the renderings along with the enlarged front grille. However, the fake abysmal front air intakes that you can find on the FK8.
Renderings vs Prototype
If you take a look at the renderings (from Kolesa), there are some significant changes. We are talking about the renderings now. The wing design of the Type R is a bit smaller and placed high close to the rear window. The design retains the triple tailpipes design from the FK8, but with a tweaked design. The original one has two bigger exhausts located on the sides and the middle one has a smaller look. In the new rendering, though, the bigger one is located on the middle while the smaller ones are on the sides.
Powertrain and Power
Honda hasn’t said anything about the powertrain, but many have speculated that the new hatchback will likely use the same unit, which is the four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 2.0 liter capacity. It’s possible that the new Type R will be coming as the upgraded version. But it’s only speculation; Honda may use different types of powertrain.
Release Date and Price
There hasn’t been any update either about the launch date, but it’s likely happening by the end of 2022. The latest launch may happen at the beginning of 2023. For the price, it’s also possible that the new hatchback would be set at around $38,000, but it excludes the extra fees. For the 2023 Honda Civic, the possible price range would be around $40,000 for the starting price.