At the rear is also where you’ll find the distinctive triple tailpipes, with Honda using an active exhaust valve that opens up for more sound at higher engine rpms. Its behavior — along with that of the engine, steering, and suspension — are adjusted by the various drive modes the 2023 Civic Type R offers: Comfort, Sport, R+ Mode, and a driver-customizable Individual Mode.
The front dual-axis strut suspension has been retuned, as has the multilink rear suspension, with Honda promising an improvement in straight-line stability and steering feel. For slowing, meanwhile, there are now two-piece front brake rotors, along with improvements in brake cooling. The brake booster has also been retuned.
Inside, there are red suede-effect sport seats with matching carpet and trim, plus an aluminum shift knob. The dashboard gets a serialized Type R plate, along with the larger 9-inch touchscreen — with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus Bose Counterpoint audio — the regular Civic offers fitted as standard. There’s wireless phone charging and a new digital instrumentation display, with a custom R+ layout that includes an illuminated rev indicator.