2023 Honda Civic Type R leaked without camouflage

Meet what’s likely to be the last pure petrol Honda Civic Type R hot hatch, a week ahead of its global reveal.

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R has leaked online, ahead of its official reveal next Thursday, July 21, and Australian launch expected early next year.

Pictured in an image published to Honda’s Japanese website a week early, the new Civic Type R shares the standard Civic hatch’s more restrained five-door body shell, mixed with the sporty styling cues expected of a Type R.

Visible in this front three-quarter image are the design cues previewed by spy photos: a new front bumper with gloss black inserts, a wide bonnet intake, new black side skirts, and a tall rear wing with black end plates (rather than body coloured, like the old Type R).

Filling the arches are 19-inch black wheels and red Brembo brake calipers, while the Type R brand’s signature red Honda emblems and Type R grille badging remain. The mirror caps are also gloss black.

Inside, the Type R’s signature red suede sports seats are visible through the windscreen. Spy photos suggest they’ll be joined by a suede steering wheel and centre armrest, metal gear selector, red seatbelts, and red contrast stitching.

Powering the new Civic Type R (codenamed ‘FL5’) is slated to be a revised version of the outgoing car’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, expected to match or outgun the 2021 ‘FK8’ Type R’s 228kW and 400Nm outputs.

A six-speed manual is slated to be the only option, powering the front wheels through a limited-slip differential. For more details on the new 2023 Civic Type R, click here to read Drive’s past coverage.

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be revealed in full on Thursday, 21 July 2022 at 12:00pm AEST. An Australian launch is expected in late 2022 or early 2023 (click here to read that story).

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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