Civic Type R wins NZ Car of the Year 2023 - Sports and Performance

12 December, 2023

The Honda Civic Type R wins NZ Car of the Year 2023 – Sports and Performance!

Honda New Zealand is in celebration mode after its legendary Civic Type R roared to victory at the 2023 AA DRIVEN Car Guide NZ awards.

The Type R – which recently smashed racetrack records in Germany and Japan – has cemented its iconic status with a Best in Class for Sports & Performance, as well as making it into the Top 3 overall for 2023.

The unstoppable Type R also won Performance Car of the Year in the 2023 Awards – “This is a car that can perform on your favourite back road any day of the week, and still put a smile on your face on the occasional weekend track day…”.

Honda New Zealand Managing Director Nobuya Sonoda says, “We are so thrilled with this latest endorsement of the Honda Power of Dreams to customers: quality, innovation, and the joy of driving. With the Type R, the everyday driver experiences all of this plus an exciting taste of our racetrack heritage.”

A true masterpiece of engineering

Love driving again. The award-winning, record-breaking Honda Civic Type R has redefined what it means to be a sports car. And at the heart of it? The 2.0L DOHC VTEC Turbo Charged engine.

Three distinct driving modes

  • In Comfort mode, the car is tuned for a relaxed driving experience and giving you a comfortable Civic performance.
  • In Sport mode, it becomes more aggressive and unleashes some power for stronger performance.
  • And the +R mode is giving a true beast performance with even sharper throttle response, intense suspension, and track-tuned electronic stability.

The track imprinted into its DNA

“If Honda does not race, there is no Honda.” – Soichiro Honda. This is a car designed with passion and a relentless pursuit of perfection. It reflects our unique thinking and drive for constant reinvention and re-evaluation. It’s a car only Honda could make.

Get your Honda Civic Type R before they are all sold out.

Honda Taupo is also excited to announce that the previously sold-out Type R will be available again in January 2024. Customers are urged to secure theirs early by contacting our team.


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