The Civic Type R is defined by its radical styling, 306-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and heavily reworked suspension. Honda wants expand on the package, however, with Civic chief engineer Hideki Matsumoto saying the automaker wants to maintain steady sales of the Type R by rolling out different models.
It’s not yet clear what Honda might have planned for the Type R platform, but all-wheel drive may be in the cards. Just about every serious competitor to the front-wheel-drive Type R is all-wheel drive, so it could be a priority for Honda engineers. 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.
Honda didn’t pursue multiple Type R models from the get-go as it wanted to bring it to North America in the same inexpensive, front-wheel-drive format that helped make it successful in Japan and Europe. As a result, it will stay in its back-to-basics form and with a $34,775 price tag for the time being. If you want a faster or more comfortable version, though, you may eventually get your wish.
[Source: Automotive News]
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