The 2023 Honda Civic Type R Is Coming This Summer

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will officially debut this summer, but Honda continues to tease us with video clips and pictures. More specifically, one video and one picture. The latest news story from the Japanese automaker shows the 2023 Civic Type R in all of its camouflaged glory doing a hot lap on the fabled Nürburgring Nordschleife race track. We expect that the disguise should finally come off next month.

The wait is nearly over for the 2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R at Nurburgring
2023 Honda Civic Type R at Nurburgring | Honda

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Images of the forthcoming 2023 Honda Civic Type R have been all over the Internet since late last year as the camo version has been seen on a number of occasions. We’ve seen it at the Tokyo Auto Salon and lapping the Suzuka Circuit. Although the car is all wrapped up, it’s easy to see the body lines and contours of it so we can tell what it mostly looks like. If anything, it basically looks like a current-generation Civic Hatchback with a large wing on the back of it.

That’s actually a welcoming look in our eyes as the last generation of the Civic Type R looked a bit gaudy with its large honeycomb fake vents and sharp angles. That’s not to say we didn’t like it, though. In fact, we enjoyed it immensely, especially when driving up the legendary Pike’s Peak mountain.

When exactly will the 2023 Civic Type R debut?

This is the million-dollar question, however, according to Motor Authority, the wrapped-up Civic Type R will make an appearance during the IndyCar round on July 3. So, if we had to speculate, the wraps should finally come off after that date. Honda is known for giving its fans (and us journalists) a huge lesson in delayed gratification when it comes to revealing its new models and this model is perhaps the biggest lesson to date.

If anyone can remember, the last generation of the Acura NSX was teased to the public for years before a prototype finally showed up. It was almost to the point that no one cared as much anymore, but with the new version of the Civic Type R, we care. We care because the new 11th-gen Civic Si was much better and more refined than the 10th-generation version, so Honda has seemingly found the right formula for success in recent years.

What can we expect from the new Civic Type R?

2021 Honda Civic Type R in blue on a racetrack
2021 Honda Civic Type R | Honda

Considering the last iteration of the Honda Civic Type R carried a potent turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that generated 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, we expect that the new model will have the same specs, if not marginally better. We say “marginally” because Honda is usually all about refinement when it comes to new engines since manufacturing costs – and supply chain issues – are important.

Also, while many of us gear heads would love a 400-hp AWD Civic, that’s likely not going to happen. Of course, we can all wait on the edge of our seats for such a thing. But if history tells us anything, Honda will keep us waiting for a long time, albeit with a few teasers thrown in along the way.

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