THE 6th Generation Honda Civic Type R, by far the most powerful model in Type R’s 30-year history, was finally introduced during the jampacked Thanksgiving Party tendered by the Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) late last week at the Karrera Showroom in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

All were amazed with the sporty and elegant look of the All-New Civic Type R that was unwrapped by HCPI VIPs that included its president Masahiko Nakamura, assistant vice president and adviser Misa Abe, and Atty. Louie Soriano, the general manager of the sales division. 

The Honda Type R is equipped with a generous amount of technology features and is aligned with Honda’s global commitment to lead the advancement of mobility as it welcomes 2023. With the local debut of its high-performance icon, Honda’s latest halo model embodies the brand’s challenging spirit with its latest innovations that are sure to deliver a thrilling driving experience. 

“The Civic Type R profoundly represents Honda’s challenging spirit. Since the 5th generation first set foot in the Philippines in 2017, it has redefined the meaning of motorsports given that it is globally recognized as one of the fastest front-wheel-drive sports cars. Fast-forward to 2020, a refreshed Civic Type R equipped with the Honda SENSING suite of safety features was brought into the country and lived up to its brand legacy. Tonight, we welcome 2023 with the launch the All-New Civic Type R. It embodies Honda’s DNA, demonstrating the brand’s strong determination for crafting machines that attain the ultimate in speed and the joy of driving,” said HCPI president Masahiko Nakamura.

Nakamura also cited the various Honda events that transpired in 2022 which made Honda much closer to their trusted customers. “In line with Honda’s commitment to a collision-free society, we updated our model lineup with Honda SENSING models through the launch of the All-New HR-V and the All-New BR-V. Both models have been warmly received by the local market. We were also able to expand our dealer network and serve more customers through the inauguration of Honda Cars Cauayan. Further, we broke ground for three dealerships namely: Honda Cars Bacoor, Honda Cars Sta. Rosa, and Honda Cars Marikina. This went with improvement efforts in sales and after-sales service, in collaboration with our dealer partners. It was also such a pleasure to have the Philippine International Motor Show which showcased Honda’s Joyful, Safer World, and in particular, launch there the RS grade of the AllNew HR-V and provide a preview of the Honda CONNECT and the All-New BR-V. HCPI finished the year strong with 10% growth equivalent to retail sales of almost 14,000 units. The City sedan remains to be HCPI’s best-selling model with sales of almost 3,500 units, closely followed by the Brio with over 3,400, and the BR-V with nearly 3,300 units. We are truly grateful for the trust of our customers, and we will take this to the next level with the all-new BR-V that is already making an even bigger impact in the commercial vehicles segment. We have ensured our inventory and we are excited to serve more customers. Likewise, we will continue with our dealership network expansion through the official opening of the three dealers mentioned earlier, plus the groundbreaking of additional three new dealerships. Also, we look forward to the launching of the Honda CONNECT. Utilizing smart telematics technology, the Honda CONNECT will allow users to have a seamless connection with their cars via a smartphone application and once more enhance safety, security, and convenience. In addition, please watch out as we will also be officially introducing three exciting Honda models this year, including a hybrid electric vehicle model,” Nakamura added.

For his part, GM Louie Soriano said: “We are truly grateful for your presence tonight as we have unveils the All-New Civic Type R. This highperformance vehicle has been the pinnacle of Honda factory performance over the years and has been engineered to deliver thrilling performance and the most rewarding driving experience both on the road and on the racetrack. The All-New Civic Type R retails at P3.88-million for the sole 2.0 VTEC Turbo Honda SENSING MT variant and has two colors available including – Championship White and Racing Blue Pearl. This 2023, we hope to continuously gain your support as we work harder in expanding our dealer network through our new dealerships and by introducing new exciting models. We cannot wait for you to experience the All-New Honda Civic Type R.”

Designed with input from aerodynamic development members of the HRC Sakura Super GT race team, the 6th generation model is more aerodynamically efficient generating significantly more downforce which improves high-speed stability. Based on the Civic Hatchback, it has a new bumper that reduces side wake, functional front fender air outlets, and a side sill garnish which enhances efficiency, contributing to a lower overall coefficient of drag. 

Compared to its predecessor, the All-new Honda Civic Type R is 0.8 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider, and 0.5 inches lower. Its A-pillars have been pulled rearward by 1.96 inches to improve visibility. This also gives the sports hatch a more elongated hood which improves its overall stance. Along with that, this All-New model has a more aggressive front bumper design that features a sporty honeycomb grille mesh echoing the intricate honeycomb trim inside the cabin. The more aggressive stance is accentuated by wider rear doors and a reshaped rear bumper revealing its updated signature three-round exhaust outlets. You will also be greeted with a redesigned rear spoiler with aluminum stanchions and a new rear diffuser that increases downforce and reduces drag.

Other notable exterior features of the Civic Type R include LED headlamps and its redesigned LED taillamps, Matte Black finished 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 high-performance tires, a tailgate spoiler, its tri-tip tailpipe diffuser, and the Type R badges found both on the front grille and tailgate along with the red Honda logo. 

The cabin of the All-New Civic Type R was designed to support intense driving experiences as the interior ergonomics were developed based on two core principles – “instantaneous recognition” and “intuitive operation.” 

It shares a familiar cabin layout with the standard Civic but there are a lot added. Storage space is also good on this sports hatchback as it features a new center console with deep and wide cupholders allowing it to accommodate bigger bottles and other items. Visibility has also been improved all thanks to its flat dashboard, pulled-back A-pillars, and low hood, resulting in a better horizontal viewing angle compared to the previous Type R.

Under the hood of this beautiful beast is a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC VTEC, Turbo Charged In-line 4 Cylinder engine that churns out a mighty 320 PS and 420 Nm of torque, power is sent to the front wheels. The said mill is then paired with a 6-speed manual transmission with a Rev Match Control System, which has been improved compared to the outgoing model for more precise and smoother shifting while on the go. 

On top of its thrilling powertrain, the All-New Civic Type R comes with four (4) driving modes which include Comfort, Sport, +R, and individual mode which is new and is customizable by the driver. Notably, this is the most powerful model in Type R’s 30-year history.

The standard Honda Sensing® suite of driver assistive and safety technologies have been thoroughly reengineered for the 2023 Civic Type R which uses a single camera mounted behind the windshield coupled with an exceptionally fast processor and sonar sensors. The new single-camera system features a field of view that is twice as wide (100 degrees vs. 50 degrees) and can see farther down the road. 

Aside from its state-of-the-art driver-assist features, the Honda Civic Type R also comes with a multi-view rear camera, walk-away auto lock, driver attention monitor, airbags (front, side, side curtain, knee), rear seat reminder, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor, security alarm, and an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Brake Hold (ABH). 

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