Honda announced that it will release the new Civic Type R on Friday, September 2, 2022.
There is only one grade in the lineup, and the price is 4,997,300 yen (tax included). The new Civic Type R was unveiled to the world on July 21, 2022, but at that time details such as price and specifications were not disclosed. However, along with this official announcement, I would like to tell you that the details such as the aforementioned price, specifications, and features have been released. First, here are the main specs:
The 6th generation new Civic Type R is based on the “Civic Hatchback” released in 2021. In the new Civic Type R, the fender outer and rear door are newly designed exclusively for the new Civic Type R, and the new Civic Type R has a powerful form with wide fenders compared to the base car.
Comparing the figures such as the body size of the new Civic Type R with the previous Civic Type R and the current Civic Hatchback (HB), it is as follows. The new Civic Type R follows the stretched wheelbase of the current Civic hatchback, while the front and rear treads are widened to further enhance driving stability.
In the new Civic Type R, the aerodynamic performance has been further enhanced by thoroughly sticking to the details of the shape. The front adopts a lower side garnish that generates downforce by negative pressure on the bumper side. In addition, the fins in the brake duct contribute to improving downforce in front of the vehicle. In addition, vertical fins are provided in three places on the side of the lower grille, and front steering stability is improved by changing the shape of the ribs (projections) on the front strake and lip spoiler.
On the side, the front and rear fenders are integrated with the body, allowing the air to flow smoothly to the rear compared to separate fenders. In addition, an outlet is provided behind the front fender to reduce the pressure inside the wheel house. In addition, the rear of the side sill garnish has an overhang shape to adjust the air flow in front of the rear tires.
The rear features a rear spoiler designed exclusively for the new Civic Type R. By adjusting the dent on the top surface and the bulge on the bottom surface, the wing cross-sectional shape has been further brushed up from the previous model. By optimizing the angle at which the wind is received from the front, the pressure difference between the top and bottom of the rear spoiler is increased, improving downforce. In addition, by adopting slim and lightweight aluminum die-cast for the stay, air resistance is reduced and downforce is increased by expanding the negative pressure area on the underside of the rear spoiler.
By finely tuning the number, thickness, length, and position of the fins, the rear diffuser generates a large amount of downforce across the floor of the rear overhang.
The engine is based on the previous 2L 4-cylinder DOHC VTEC turbo engine, and the turbocharger has been revamped in the new model. Since simply increasing the boost pressure will sacrifice response, the new model was developed to increase the turbo speed. While reducing the number of blades, the size of the compressor wheel and turbine side scroll was reduced, and weight was reduced while maintaining a balance with strength. Friction is also reduced by changing the structure of the bearing. In addition, the intake resistance has been reduced by increasing the diameter of the intake pipe and making it straight, and the cooling performance of the radiator and intercooler has been improved, resulting in a maximum output of 8 kW (10 PS) and a maximum torque of 20 N m (2.0 kgf m). are improving. As a result, the new model’s power-to-weight ratio and maximum speed have achieved No.1 (*) among FF models.
*As of September 1, 2022 Honda research
The new Civic Type R has also evolved in terms of driving feel. First, the steering feel has increased the torsion bar diameter compared to the base model. By improving torsional rigidity by 60% and increasing the rigidity of the tie-rod ends, it is possible to suppress delays in tracking the steering angle of the tires and rebound. It realizes a direct steering feel at will.
In terms of shift feel, while maintaining the lever stroke and operating load of the 6-speed manual transmission, a newly designed lever structure has been adopted to increase the rigidity of the shift lever and reduce the rattling of the lever in the lateral direction. Elimination. It achieves an improved sense of directness and moderation. In addition, by optimizing the shape of the shift link part of the transmission and making the shape of the shift gate straight, it improves the smoothness when shifting diagonally from 5th to 4th. These improvements in shift feel further refine the “joy of driving”.
The interior is finished in a red interior that can be said to be a tradition of Type R. The distinctive red front seats have been redesigned to a more vivid and uplifting red than the previous generation. Combined with the fact that the red carpet is used for both the front and rear seats, the red interior stands out. In addition, the front seats have been reinforced with top priority on posture retention and support from limit driving to long drives on the circuit. After thorough driving on test courses and circuits, designs such as polyhedral seat backs, seat surfaces, side support shapes, and urethane hardness that vary depending on the location are adopted.