2023 Honda Civic Type R revealed, confirmed for Australia


With more turbo power and a six-speed manual gearbox, the new Honda Civic Type R is the fastest ever – and likely to be the last with a pure petrol engine.

Alex Misoyannis

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R has been revealed at last, ahead of an Australian launch due early next year.

Known to fans and insiders as the ‘FL5’, the new Civic Type R arrives 25 years after the original – and may be the last exclusively with a petrol engine, as Honda’s global model ranges switch to hybrid and, eventually, electric power.

Australian showroom arrivals are due to commence early next year. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, though a sticker closer to $65,000 or $70,000 drive-away – than the $54,990 plus on-road costs of the old model – is expected.

Powering the new ‘FL5’ Type R is a development of the outgoing ‘FK8′ model’ 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which Honda promises is “even more powerful and responsive” than its 228kW/400Nm predecessor – though specific outputs haven’t been disclosed.

Power continues to be sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with rev matching; there’s no automatic option, nor an all-wheel-drive system to boost off-the-line traction.

Honda doesn’t quote a 0-100km/h sprint time, though the power boost is likely to cut a tenth or two from its predecessor’s time, which independent testing found to sit around 5.5 to 6.0 seconds.

Making the higher output possible is a “revised turbocharger now featuring a compact housing to improve the overall unit efficiency,” while “the turbine itself has had both its blade count and shape optimised to boost power and improve airflow through the turbo.

Under the skin, the 2023 Civic Type R benefits from the stiffer new platform beneath the latest Civic hatchback. In standard models, this offers a 19 per cent increase in torsional rigidity.

Filling the arches are 19-inch black alloy wheels – one inch smaller than the outgoing Type R – wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres.

Adaptive dampers with three modes (including an +R setting) are expected to feature as standard, while a set of Brembo brakes are fitted, with brake discs carried over the old FK8 Type R. There’s also a LogR data logging system, which monitors lap times, g-forces and other vehicle parameters.

Perhaps the most noticeable change for the new FL5 Type R is the styling, which swaps the outgoing FK8’s extroverted angles and creases for smoother surfacing, one sharp shoulder line, and slimmer front and rear LED lights.

The traditional Type R cues remain, though: red Honda emblems, front and rear Type R badges, more aggressive bumpers, sporty side skirts, and a tall rear wing atop the tailgate.

The broad bonnet intake and trio of exhaust tips remain – the latter fed by a sports exhaust system – while the wider wheel arches are now integrated into the body, rather than tacked-on per the previous-generation model.

Five colours will be available in the US: Championship White, Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Grey Pearl.

Inside, upgrades for the Type R include a set of front sports seats, signature red suede upholstery, an aluminium gear selector ball, red seatbelts, Alcantara steering wheel and centre armrest, and red contrast stitching throughout.

The 9.0-inch centre touchscreen and newly-added 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster gain Type R-specific visuals, while beside the gear shifter is a drive mode selector with an +R shortcut button.

It’s unclear if the new Civic Type R has five seats, or just four, like its predecessor.

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R is due in Australian showrooms in early 2023. Pricing and local details will be confirmed closer to launch.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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