Update: Honda spokesman Sage Marie has confirmed that the Civic Type R will not be offered with CVT. The below story has been updated to reflect that.
Rumors of the upcoming Honda Civic Type R offering a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as an option have been put to rest.
The news was reported by CivicX, citing a report in the November issue of CAR magazine, which includes an interview with senior Honda staff Mirsuru Kariya, Daisuke Tsutamori and Katsushi Inoue. Kariya is better known as the head engineer for the Civic line, while Tsutamori assumes the role of head designer. Inoue is the head of Honda in Europe, so the report seems to have credible sources.
In the interview, the three discuss some details on the 2018 Honda Civic Type R, which is heading to North America for the first time. Some things that have been confirmed is a limited-slip differential, a lower center of gravity compared to the standard Civic, and it will come in front-wheel drive only.
But most surprising is the claim that accompanying the six-speed manual transmission will be a CVT that is said to be optimized for low-end acceleration.
The Type R has traditionally been exclusively available with a manual transmission, so the fact that an automatic is even being considered is sure to be seen as sacrilegious to many automotive enthusiasts.
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