Video: 2023 Honda Civic Type R to debut on July 21, power boost likely


In a little over a week, Honda will show the next iteration of its storied hot hatch, without any camouflage.

Alex Misoyannis


The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be revealed next Thursday, 21 July 2022, it has been confirmed today.

Honda has used today – the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original Civic – to announce the Civic Type R’s reveal, which will be live-streamed on YouTube at 12:00pm AEST next Thursday.

A teaser image previewing the car’s front end was released alongside the announcement – revealing the signature red Honda badge of Type R models will live on – as well a a brief teaser video.

Honda USA’s press release says the new Civic Type R will be “the most powerful Honda-branded production vehicle ever offered in the US” – suggesting the new car will be more powerful than its predecessor, which previously held the aforementioned title.

While rumours out of Japan suggest there could be a small power increase – to the tune of 7kW to 15kW – matching the old Type R’s power output would make the “most powerful Honda production vehicle in the US” statement true, albeit through a tie.

The current Civic Type R develops 228kW/400Nm from a 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘K20C’ four-cylinder petrol engine in Australia, or 235kW/400Nm in Europe and Japan, due to our lower-quality fuel.

A six-speed manual transmission will be retained for the new model, alongside other performance features likely to include a limited-slip front differential, sticky Michelin tyres and Brembo brakes (but with smaller 19-inch wheels, vs the outgoing car’s 20s).

For more details on everything we know so far about the new Honda Civic Type R, click here to browse Drive’s earlier coverage.

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be revealed at 12:00pm AEST on Thursday 21 July 2022, ahead of first Australian deliveries expected in early 2023 (click here for more details on local launch timing).

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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