The Japanese automaker has allegedly confirmed some spicy details about the upcoming Civic Type R – among them the decision to still use front wheel drive instead of the rumored AWD.
The hot hatch has also been confirmed to come with a significantly lower center of gravity when compared to the regular versions of the compact, and the fact that it will remain FWD will pit it against the likes of VW’s Golf GTI instead of the Ford Focus RS as previously rumored. In addition, head engineer Mirsuru Kariya, lead designer Daisuke Tsutamori, and Honda Europe head Katsushi Inoue have also discussed the model in a recent press interview – revealing the model will get an optional CVT transmission, specifically tuned for low-end acceleration. The standard gearbox is the traditional six speed manual and unlike other rivals a dual-clutch automatic is not planned.
According to earlier reports, the all-new Civic Type R will get under the hood an upgraded version of the current model’s turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit, today churning out 305 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters). The rumors point to a slight increase in power, of up to 320 hp – and interestingly the Type R will also land in the United States for the first time as a 2018 model year.
Via Autocar Magazine and CivicX