2023 Honda Civic Type R in Europe – 2.0L VTEC Turbo with 329 PS, 420 Nm; 6MT; Honda Sensing; fr RM216k – paultan.org

Official pricing for the all-new Honda Civic Type R has been revealed for Europe, with the FL5-generation retailing from 46,995 euros (RM216,010). According to Honda Europe, the order books are now open as of November 30, and the first customer deliveries are set to take place from January next year.

The latest Civic Type R first made its debut last July and is powered by an updated version of the K20C1 used in the outgoing FK8-generation model. The FL5’s 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder, at least in Europe, is rated at 329 PS at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm, making it the most powerful Civic Type R ever – 0-100 km/h time takes just 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 275 km/h.

Honda Europe included plenty of technical details in it release, including mention of the straight exhaust system that increases the exhaust airflow rate by 13% over the previous model, while also reducing back pressure and allowing the engine to perform more efficiently.

The new exhaust system also sports a newly designed triple-exit catback that has an active valve to further increase exhaust gas flow, accompanied by enhancements to the sound modulation for improved aural sensation to increase driver engagement.

Other changes include an upgraded radiator for better temperature control and cooling during sustained heavy use, which works with the 48% larger opening provided by the new grille and front bumper design. The car’s air intake is also larger in diameter to enable a 10% increase in intake flow rate, with a revised engine control system in charge of controlling ignition timing and VTC (Variable Timing Control) to improve overall throttle response under acceleration.

The uprated mill drives the front wheels through a helical-type limited-slip differential and six-speed manual transmission, the latter of which has been improved with a high-rigidity lever, an optimised shift gate pattern and spring rate as well as a revised rev-match system. The flywheel has been made 18% lighter to reduce inertia by 25%, further contributing to the VTEC Turbo’s responsiveness.

As for the chassis, the 35 mm longer wheelbase is paired with wider tracks and rear body rigidity is up 15% thanks to 3.8 times more adhesive being used. Elsewhere, the aluminium bonnet is 43% lighter than the previous model’s steel panel, while the resin tailgate is 20% lighter than before.

A revised dual-axis front suspension with new lower suspension arms that are optimised in shape and rigidity help achieve a 16% increase in camber rigidity, and is joined by a larger diameter, 60% more rigid, torsion bar for the electric power steering column.

In terms of kit, the Civic Type R in Europe comes with automatic LED headlamps, 19-inch matte black wheels (with wider bespoke 265/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres), a nine-inch Honda Connect touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Honda LogR 2.0), eight speakers, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control as well as keyless entry and start.

The Honda Sensing suite is standard and includes Forward Collision Warning System, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Cross Traffic Monitor, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam. These join the eight airbags and array of passive safety systems.

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