The Honda Civic Type R TCR racer will be unveiled ahead of its 2023 debut

Honda has unveiled the first race-legal version of its latest FL5-generation Civic Type R ahead of its North American debut in April 2023 during the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

This new Civic Type R TCR will replace the previous model that debuted in 2015 and was named TCR Model of the Year in both 2019 and 2020.

Developed in Italy by JAS Motorsport, a long-standing Honda technical partner, this Civic Type R TCR racer is powered by a ‘race ready’ version of the street model’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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Honda doesn’t have detailed power and torque figures for the Civic Type R TCR, but the road model produces 235kW of power and 420Nm of torque in Australia.

The TCR racer bolsters the street model’s exterior design with a racing aero package to improve downforce.

Other race-focused improvements include a new chassis for improved cornering stability, as well as brake and transmission upgrades.

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Although Honda has yet to reveal photos of the interior of the latest Civic Type R TCR, it says it has an “ergonomically refined” cockpit that complies with FIA regulations and houses a multi-channel driver display.

Racing teams can choose additional equipment if desired, including additional lighting, driver cooling, anti-lock brakes, “Quick-Fil” fueling system and a more sophisticated cockpit display.

Honda Performance Development (HPD) will begin accepting orders for the new Civic Type R TCR racer for North America on February 1, 2023. It is expected to be made available to racing teams in Australia as well.

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As previously mentioned, Australian orders for the road-legal Honda Civic Type R are now open, with first customer deliveries due to begin in February 2023.

The price is $72,600, or $25,400 more than the base VTi-LX. For reference, the outgoing model ended its run with a price tag of $54,990 before street costs.

While the Ford Focus ST has been discontinued locally and the Renault Megane RS is living on borrowed time, there’s still plenty of competition for the new Type R.

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These include the Hyundai i30 N, priced starting at $46,200 pre-road, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI ($54,990 pre-road) and R hatchbacks ($65,990 pre-road).

The Type R’s premium pricing puts it closer to the Audi S3 ($70,800 pre-road) and the BMW M135i xDrive Pure ($67,900 pre-road).

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