When Honda launched the all-new 2023 Civic Type R this year, the automaker said it would be a game changer, especially on the racetrack. We’ve yet to test that out for ourselves, but people have been vocal about the FL5 R’s design. Some prefer the FL5’s new more mature styling, while others wanted it to be more aggressive like the previous-generation FK8. While there is Honda Access, the parts list isn’t as extensive as before in terms of exterior aesthetic upgrades.
Honda Access, because OEM is king
Honda Access recently released a list of parts customers can fit onto the new Civic Type R. Exterior-wise, the most obvious upgrade would be the red mirror caps. The only other visual change would be the carbon fiber spoiler. Unlike the stock unit, which is a straight blade, the Access wing features curves and uses larger end plates. Underneath the wing blade, you’ll find a unique pattern, which Honda says improves aerodynamics. Look closely, and you’ll also see red accents embedded into the carbon fiber. The wing itself is 1kg lighter than the stock unit, so there is somewhat of an improvement.
That’s it for the exterior; the rest of the OEM Honda bits can be found inside the cabin. These include a carbon fiber center console and carbon fiber door cards. Interestingly, the shift knob available appears to be a carry-over from the FK8 option – black alumite wrapped in red leather. Perfect for those that don’t want a full metal knob. Rounding up the interior aesthetic upgrade are the illuminated side step garnish and door light projector with the Type R logo.
Aside from spicing up the cabin, the company also offers other items to improve the FL5’s everyday usability. These include a wireless charger, luggage tray, and even paint protection film (PPF). Interestingly, there are no new wheels or red trim for the front fascia this time. That said, we’re curious what Honda in-house tuner Mugen has in store for the new FL5 CTR.
If you have a Type R on order, these Honda Access parts will be available starting September 2022.