For the new Civic Type R, Honda chose to retain the four-pot recipe with front-wheel drive, putting a six-speed manual transmission between them. The engine of choice is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, which develops 325 horsepower (330 ps/242 kW) in the European configuration. The North American variant is less punchy, with 315 hp (319 ps/235 kW) available. It can deal with the zero to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kph) acceleration in 5.4 seconds and tap out at 171 mph (275 kph).
To assert dominance, Honda stripped the new-gen Civic Type R of its sat-nav, air-con, electrically adjustable mirrors, parking sensors, and other stuff, gave it the S suffix, and subjected it to a fast lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife. And it was at the famous German racetrack where it set a lap record for front-wheel drive production vehicles by completing the course in 7 minutes and 44.881 seconds. As a result, it beat the previous record set by the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R by approximately half a second.
Honda's 2023 Civic Type R starts at $43,795 in our market before factoring in the destination charge and dealer fees. Regardless of where you live, Honda offers it in a single body style: a five-door hatchback. Three-door versions are less popular than they once were, so they do not plan to expand the lineup with such a model. However, that does not mean such vehicles do not exist, albeit in CGI land. The one pictured in the gallery came courtesy of spdesignsest on social media, and it looks a bit sportier than the real thing.
It has fewer inches between the axles, translating to less legroom for rear-seat passengers. The rear doors were removed, and the front ones were elongated to facilitate ingress and egress. It has larger rear fenders and slightly more oversized three-quarter windows, and it appears ready for a fast lap at the local racetrack. But would it convince you to go for it over the five-door if the Japanese company gave it a go? Scroll down to the comments area and drop a line there.