Honda Civic Type R to get more versions and possibly all-wheel drive

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

The all-new Honda Civic Type R has only just arrived, but already Honda is planning to expand the Type R range with a range of different variants - and four-wheel drive could be on the cards.

The Civic Type R is defined by its radical styling, 306-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and heavily reworked suspension. "We're hoping that by gradually putting out more [variants] that we'll be able to maintain a more stable sales volume [for the Type R]", he said.

At the recent USA launch of Honda's hot hatch Civic model line chief engineer Hideki Matsumoto revealed to Automotive News that in order to maintain a constant sales volume for the halo-model the Japanese automaker has a range of variants planned.

Honda wants the additional variants to keep interest in the Civic Type R, its halo in the US, alive after the initial buzz has worn off. A more hardcore version with even more power could also be inbound, along with a softer and more comfortable version that Matsumoto said would be "focused more on the grand touring aspect" of driving. The move could also boost the car's profitability if the new versions are priced higher than the current $34,775 starting price. Automotive News notes that most of the Type R's rivals-the Subaru WRX, Ford Focus RS, and Volkswagen Golf R-all offer all-wheel drive as standard.

Matsumoto said that Honda specifically wanted to first introduce the new auto in its classic format: front-wheel drive, manual and with a reasonable price. This was done to provide a link between the first Civic Type R in the US and the cult status its predecessor has developed among Honda fans.

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