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January 19, 2023

2023 Honda Civic Type R Unleashed In The Philippines (w/ Specs)

The ultimate form of the Civic is back as Honda Cars Philippines unleashes the all-new 2023 Civic Type R. Building on a long tradition of performance cars inspired by the spirit of racing, this latest version—the FL5—has been engineered to be the fastest Type R to date.

Lower (-8 mm) and wider (+90 mm) than the regular Civic, the all-new Civic Type R is built around the concept of “Ultimate Sports 2.0.” The design is purely functional, and with that, has a significantly reduced air resistance and drag co-efficient compared to the previous Civic Type R. Furthermore, designers opted for a uncluttered, “noiseless” design by better integrating elements such as the wider arches. The aluminum hood now has a vent for optimized airflow, while at the back, the new diffuser and spoiler work to increase downforce while suppressing air resistance.

Underneath the hood, the 2023 Civic Type R packs the most powerful VTEC Turbo engine made by Honda. A revised turbocharger, redesigned housing shape, and a straight exhaust system all contribute to stellar outputs: 320 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 2,200 rpm. This gives it a 0 to 100 km/h time of just 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 275 km/h. The radiator has also been upgraded and the air intake revised to enhance temperature control and air cooling.

The accompanying 6-speed manual has also been updated for improved shifting feel and load. Changes include a new lightweight flywheel (18 percent lighter) make it even more responsive, while the rev-match system with auto blip has been re-programmed to further help the Civic Type R on corner entry.

Using the latest Civic as its basis, the Civic Type R already has excellent levels of performance, responsiveness, and feedback. From there, engineers have upped the torsional rigidity (+15 percent) for cornering stability by increasing the use of structural adhesives through the car. Moreover, its undergone weight optimization with an even lighter aluminum hood and resin tailgate. Other suspension improvements have been done to the steering and even the bespoke 19-inch Michelin tires.

Inside, the 2023 Civic Type R maintains the base Civic’s high level of comfort, practicality, and everyday usability while enhancing the level of drama and sportiness. The driver, for example, is now positioned 8 mm lower thanks to lightweight sport bucket seats. The iconic red trim that has adorned many extreme Hondas in the past is present here from the seats down to the carpets. Plus, like the previous FK8 Civic Type R, a unique serial plate is present (now on the dashboard) to highlight the exclusivity of this model.

Features include an all-digital meter display with a dedicated +R mode, a touchscreen-based infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, and more. And like the regular Civic, the all-new Civic Type R comes with Honda Sensing. Its 100-degree monocular camera provides functionalities such as Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Cross Traffic Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beam.

The all-new Civic Type R arrives in the Philippines strictly in limited quantities (39 units initially) for P 3.880 million. Available colors are Championship White and Racing Blue Pearl.

2023 Honda Civic Type R Specifications

2023 Honda Civic Type R Engine & Transmission

  • Engine Type: 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline
  • Drive: FWD
  • Transmission: 6-speed MT
  • Engine Name: K20C1
  • Displacement: 1,996 cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 86 x 85.9 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC VTEC
  • Fuel Type: 98 RON unleaded
2023 Honda Civic Type R Performance
  • Maximum Output: 320 PS @ 6,500 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 420 Nm @ 2,600 to 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed MT w/ Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 5.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 275 km/h
2023 Honda Civic Type R Dimensions & Weights
  • Overall Length: 4,593 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,890 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,407 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,735 mm
  • Front Track: 1,626 mm
  • Rear Track: 1,614 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 123 mm (no load); 109 mm (full load)
  • Turning Radius: 5.9 m
  • Steering Lock to Lock: 2.1 turns
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 47 liters
  • Seating: 4
  • Trunk Capacity: 404 liters (seats up), 818 liters (seats down, to window), 1,212 liters (seats down, to top)
  • Curb Weight: 1,428 kg
2023 Honda Civic Type R Exterior Features
  • Black Sharks Fin Antenna
  • Type R Emblem
  • Triple Exhaust
  • Body-Colored Exterior Door Handle
  • Berlina Black Grille
  • Black Side View Mirrors
  • Raised Spoiler w/ Cast-Aluminum Stays
  • Automatic LED Headlights w/ Auto Height Adjuster
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Automatic On/Off
  • LED Rear Lights
  • 265/30R19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Tires
  • 19-inch Matte Black Alloy Wheels
  • Tire Repair Kit for Flat Tire
2023 Honda Civic Type R Interior Features
  • Matte Black Interior Panels
  • Chrome Inner Door Handles
  • Stainless Steel Sports Pedals
  • Aluminum Shift Knob
  • Leather/Suede Steering Wheel
  • Suede Seats
  • Polarized Gun Metal Air Vent Surround
2023 Honda Civic Type R Function & Technology Features
  • Adaptive Performance Damper
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Electronic Parking Brake w/ Auto Hold
  • Electric Power Steering w/ Variable Gear Ratio
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 10.2-inch Multi-Info Display
  • Shift Indicator Light
  • Dual Automatic Climate Control w/ Rear Vents
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Power Folding Side View Mirrors
  • 6-Way Manual Adjustable Driver’s Seat
  • 60/40 Split-Fold Rear Seat
  • 9-inch Touchscreen Infotainment w/ Apple CarPlay (Wireless) and Android Auto
  • 12 Speakers, Bose
  • USB: 2 (Front), 2 (Rear)
  • Wireless Charging
  • LogR Performance Monitor w/ Data Log, Auto Score, Performance Monitor
2023 Honda Civic Type R Safety Features
  • 7 SRS Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Blindspot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Honda Sensing (Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Cross Traffic Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beam)
  • Rear Camera
  • Driver Attention Monitor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System


  1. 2.1M in Japan
    3.1M in the UK
    2.4M in the US
    2.7M in the AU

  2. Nah. For 4M PhP I should be getting a proper RWD or AWD car because I was not absent in HS physics class. #IYKYK

  3. It should be cheaper as it is now made in Japan.

    1. Unfortunately, they just got greedier.

      If there's any consolation, PH pricing approximates that of US pricing (i.e. USD44k SRP + USD25k dealers' mark up average).

      Personally just add a few Php100ks I'd go for IS350F

    2. Since the Philippines is apparently a Honda loving country, the type R will retain its value much better than the IS350. Just look at used IS350s now, can be bought as cheap as 1.5M.

    3. I think they priced it this way because of its limited availability. No way this is worth 4m but honda ph knows people would come running to buy one.

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  5. medyo mehel...:/

    Also I've been noticing a lot more FK8 type-r's on the roads recently, like siguro this past few weeks.....not the sedan type-r kuno, but the actual hatchback


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