Next-gen 2023 Honda Civic Type R lands in Thailand

Updated Dec 06, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Could the Philippine market be next?

The next-gen Honda Civic Type R is making its presence known more in the ASEAN region as it has officially made its way to Thailand. This makes the Land of Smiles the second in the region to get the hot hatch following Vietnam.

Honda Civic Type R at 39th Thailand Motor Expo

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Cars Thailand is showcasing the new Civic Type R at the 39th Thailand International Motor Expo alongside models such as the all-electric e:Prototype SUV concept and Civic sedan. The pricing has yet to be disclosed but the company shared some features that Thai customers can look forward to.

Powering the performance-oriented hot hatch is a 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged gasoline engine. If we follow the JDM-spec model, the power unit should make 325 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. No automatic transmission is made available for this generation so we are left with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. It uses a front-wheel-drive configuration completed by a set of 19-inch alloy wheels.

Honda Civic Type R at 39th Thailand Motor Expo

Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. CEO Mr. Noriyuki Takakura with the hot hatch

Making the drives suit different conditions are the four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, +R, and for the first time, Individual. For safer drivers, the brand’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), Honda Sensing, is equipped in the vehicle, along with a blind spot warning system.

Now, we Filipinos can somehow get our hopes high that the next-gen Civic Type R will land on our shores. Besides, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) already axed the Civic Type R FK8 from its lineup, leaving room for the anticipated entry of the latest iteration. But, HCPI has yet to release an official statement regarding the all-new Civic Type R.

Honda Civic Type R front view

The Civic Type R is arriving in more ASEAN countries

If that happens though, there might be a possibility that Filipino car buyers have to deal with the model’s long waiting list due to production delays in the automaker’s Japanese plants. In our previous report, customers should expect an estimated delivery time of more than half a year. Moreover, Honda is limiting the production of the hot hatch to 400 units only, or 4,800 units per year.

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Know more about Honda Civic Type R 2023

Honda Civic Type R

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R is a high-performance, compact, five-seater, front-wheel-drive liftback. In the Philippine market, it carries a standard retail price of Php 3,880,000.  

Under the hood of the Civic Type R is a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline turbocharged engine that can make up to 316 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching. 

Size-wise, the latest version of the Civic Type R is 4,593mm long, 1,890mm wide, and 1,407mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,735mm, and a ground clearance of 123mm. 

Locally, the Honda Civic Type R competes against the Subaru WRX, Dodge Charger, Lexus ES, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLA, among others.  

₱ 3,880,000

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