The new Honda Civic Type R is expected to spawn additional variants during its run, including a hardcore version with more power and a four-wheel drive version too.
What the new Type R offers is more of a refinement of the last Type R – a car which arrived just two years earlier – rather than a ground-breaking take on the performance Civic.
Power is up a bit on the last Type R – from 306bhp to 316bhp – which still goes to the front wheels through a revised six-speed gearbox, with independent multi-link suspension at the back and big Brembo brakes to take care of the stopping.
But it seems Honda has decided to get the new Type R out right at the start of the new Civic’s life to give it longevity, but also allow for more variants in the life cycle.
Speaking to Automotive News, Honda’s Civic chief engineer, Hideki Matsumoto, has revealed that Honda are planning to gradually put out more variants of the Type R to maintain sales and enthusiasm for the Type R.
Top of the list for more variants is a more hardcore, more powerful version, but Honda also plan a softer, less ‘in yer face’ take on the Type R, and even the option of 4WD to take on cars like the Golf R and Focus RS.
Which all sounds very interesting, just don’t expect more variants of the new Type R for a while yet. But it does seem they’re in Honda’s plans.