Honda has launched a newly designed Civic Si for 2022, and the stylish sports sedan shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune for a fast, fun ride.
However, performance is not the end of the road for the 200-hp Si Civic. The honor goes to the Type R Hot Hatch, whose new generation arrives as the 2023 model later this year.
Prototypes of the 2023 Civic Type R have been in the public domain for more than a year now, including the N নrburging rastrak in Germany. Prototypes have also been tested at the Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan, and recently a production-specific example lapped the 3.6-mile racetrack in a time of 2: 23.12.
2023 Honda Civic Type R Prototype Test at Suzuka International Racing Course
This is a new record for the track, as far as front-wheel-drive production cars are concerned. Commonly known as the Suzuka Circuit, the Figure-8 racetrack is home to the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, but its original purpose was an experimental track for Honda. It is fitting that the Civic Type R track has been thoroughly tested and now has a record.
Importantly, the new time has been introduced for a lighter, more track-centric special 2021 model year, one second faster than the time set by the outgoing Civic Type R Limited Edition.
Farewell Civic Type R, the fifth generation of nameplates, is a favorite here Motor authority, And the new sixth-generation model is getting better for better performance. What we do know is that the recent Civic family has benefited from a tougher platform than its predecessor and this will especially help the new Type R. We are talking about 8% good torsional rigidity and 13% good flexion rigidity.
2022 Honda Civic Si
The latest civic family interiors (Si interiors shown above) also saw a big step in technology and refinement. Digital screens are used for gauge clusters (a partial digital screen is available on standard and high-line models with a full digital screen) and infotainment, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included as standard.
It is not clear what drivetrain mode is planned for the Type R, but a version of the outgoing model’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 will be placed under the hood, possibly higher than the current 306 hp and 295 pound-feet. A 6-speed manual torque will probably be the standard and the drive already mentioned will be for the front wheels only.
Production of the Type R will be conducted in the United States for the first time. It will be built at the same Greensburg, Indiana, plant where regular Civic hatchbacks are already closing the line.