It’ll still be front-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual transmission.
Last year, Honda announced that its next-generation Civic Type R will finally come to the United States. Ever since that announcement, Honda hasn’t had much else to say about the Civic Type R, instead preferring to focus on the launch of the Civic sedan and Civic coupe. But if the latest rumor is accurate, the upcoming hot hatch will get a huge boost in power.
AutoExpress reports that the tenth-generation Civic Type R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder will make somewhere around 340 horsepower. Compared to the already powerful current version (shown above), that’s an extra 34 ponies. But Honda probably won’t be adding all-wheel drive in order to handle that extra twist. No, AutoExpress says the Civic Type R will stick with front-wheel drive. The six-speed manual will reportedly remain, as well.
Considering that the current Europe-only Type R initially set a new front-wheel drive world record at the Nurburgring, a new version with even more power should be frightfully quick.
We might not have to wait long to find out more. The report says Honda will show the Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show in October. And while we’ve seen a prototype running around the Nurburgring with a large wing, AutoExpress thinks the production version will debut with a more subtle spoiler and somewhat more conventional looks.
The question is, will Honda’s new hardcore hot hatch be fast enough to take back the Nurburgring’s front-wheel-drive record from the Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S? We can’t wait to find out.