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2023 Honda Civic Type R Fails To Impress During Moose and Slalom Tests

The FL5 is Honda's most dynamically accomplished Civic Type R thus far, and probably the final purely combustion-engined Civic Type R. Be that as it may, the good folks at km77 found the successor to the FK8 to be disappointing in the moose test and slalom test.
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The Spanish publication is called this way after the ideal entry speed of 77 kilometers per hour (48 miles per hour). 77 kilometers per hour is also the maximum entry speed for the Civic e:HEV five-door hatchback, the only Civic other than the Type R available in the European Union.

The highest speed the Type R carried on entry without hitting a cone is 74 kilometers per hour, which converts to 46 miles per hour. Even with less air in the factory-supplied Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S 265/30 by 19-inch tires for larger contact patches, understeer was noted. As for the slalom test, the best the 2023 model year Honda Civic Type R could do was 23.8 seconds, putting it right between the much heavier Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ (23.7 seconds) and BMW iX1 xDrive30 (23.9 seconds).

Despite the disappointing results, the Spanish publication's test driver believes that nothing comes close to the FL5 at the hot hatchback's price point. It's a truly exciting car, albeit a slightly demanding car to drive on the limit. We also have to remember that both the moose test and slalom test were designed to assess how safe a vehicle is rather than its performance credentials. Regarding the latter, the FL5 is the fastest series-production FWD automobile on the Nurburgring, clocking an impressive 7 minutes and 44.881 seconds.

Over in Spain, the Civic Type R carries a sticker price of 61,890 euros. That means 67,460 dollars at current exchange rates, which is a tremendous difference over the FL5's manufacturer suggested retail price in the US. More specifically, the American sibling costs $43,795.

Manufactured exclusively in Japan for the entire world, this generation of the Civic Type R comes in three states of tune. For the United States market, 315 horsepower will have to suffice. In Europe and Japan, by comparison, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine packs 330 ps, which converts to 325 horsepower. The Brazil-spec model has 297 metric ponies (293 mechanical ponies).

Exclusively manual, the Civic Type R is manufactured at the Yorii plant in Japan on the same assembly line as the five-door hatch. Its transmission is produced in Suzuka, whereas the 2.0-liter turbo comes from the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio. Before going into the car, the engine and transmission are joined together at the Ogawa plant.

Front-driven rivals are few and far between. Think Golf GTI and Elantra N (or i30 N in Europe). The GR Corolla and Golf R are closer to the Civic Type R's horsepower rating, yet both of them come standard with AWD.

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