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

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

And it's going to come in more than one flavor.

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has finally arrived in showrooms, marking the first time that the Civic Type R has been sold in the U.S. The 306 horsepower Civic Type R is the most powerful Honda-badged model ever sold in the United States, but Honda is reportedly already working on additional versions.

But more variety is in the works.

Speaking with Automotive News (subscription required), Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer for the Civic line, said Honda was hopeful of adding more variants in order to keep sales volume stable over the product cycle. In doing so, Honda is following the playbook of brands such as Porsche and Chevy's performance arm that have become masters at using countless iterations and special editions of a single model to juice sales. Matsumoto said that he wanted the first Civic Type R in the USA to be a reflection of previous models-light, powerful, and front-wheel drive-but apparently, he's leaving the door open for radical new versions.

Despite the new Civic Type R making the same power as the previous generation, it was enough for it to become the fastest front-wheel drive auto to lap the Nurburgring. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a less hardcore Type R "focused more on the grand touring aspect", according to Matsumoto, is under consideration.

The vehicle has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's largely the same as in the previous Type R; it makes 306 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque.

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.

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