Honda is putting an exclamation point on the all-new 11th generation Civic with the most powerful sports car the Japanese automaker has ever offered in America: the 2023 Civic Type R.

Since the Civic arrived in America 50 years ago in 1972, Honda has sold about 250,000 Civics a year, on average. The first Civic Type R arrived in 2017 as an all-out performance model with 306 horsepower. The new Type R goes a little further, offering 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. That power is passed through a 6-speed manual transmission with a limited slip differential to drive the front wheels. This is a traditional Honda layout, but it has been maximized with modern traction and stability controls.