All-new Honda Civic Type R is in the final stages of development, and several recent reports with spicy details suggest it will be well worth the wait.
In an interview for the Autocar Magazine, lead designer Daisuke Tsutamori, and Honda Europe head Katsushi Inoue have confirmed the hot hatch will be powered by the uprated version of the current turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine tweaked to deliver around 320 hp, which is 15 more than its predecessor. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard, but what’s the most interesting, the new Civic Type R will be optionally offered with a CVT transmission, optimized for low-end acceleration. The hot hatch will have a significantly lower center of gravity and front-wheel drive will come standard, while all-wheel drive as well as a dual-clutch automatic transmission is not in the cards.
The next-generation model Type R should arrive in the United States later this year, as a 2018 model, and it’s expected to have its official debut in March during the Geneva Auto Show.
The car was previewed by a prototype, which features a full body kit that includes a deep front bumper, a carbon fiber air diffuser, side skirts, and a massive wing mounted on the trunk lid. There’s also huge 20-inch tires with 245-section high-performance tires. Inside, the car will get an R-specific instrument cluster with additional gauges and sport seats for the front passengers.