The new generation Honda Civic Type R is a purist’s blessing – it’s not only the record holder for front wheel drive cars on the Nurburgring and also available for the first time in the US – but it’s also offered exclusively with a manual gearbox.

The six-speed manual transmission option wasn’t by choice, apparently – apart from providing something to rejoice for enthusiasts everywhere, Honda opted for the stick approach as a logical technical standpoint. According to Assistant Large Project Leader for the Civic powertrain, Yuji Matsumochi, the decision to only use the standard manual gearbox with no optional automatic was reasoned by weight concerns. The weight distribution for the Civic stands at 62.5 percent at the front axle, and 37.5 percent at the rear, so the bulky dual-clutch would only make it heavier up front.

“The Type R needs a lightweight powertrain because it is front-wheel-drive, and needs lightweight powertrain systems,” said Matsumochi in a recent interview. “So, the engine is a little bit heavy, so the transmission side needs to be more lightweight.” The all-new Civic Type R goes up and down the road and track with 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) thanks to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – channeled to the road through the mandatory limited-slip differential.

Via Car Advice


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