This is spectacular news for every petrolhead out there in the world. Car and Driver is reporting that the absolutely stunning 2018 Civic Type-R will be exclusively available in a 6-Speed Manual only. Even though the car might not see an Indian launch at least in near future, it is still an outstanding feeling to see the manual’s getting some love from the manufacturers. With almost every good car now shedding the manual, the news that the menacing looking new Type-R will only shift the gears how they should be, is a delightful thing to know.
The American publication has quoted Sage Marie, Senior Manager, Automobile PR at American Honda Company Co., “Si and Type R are the Civics most aimed at the purist driver and maximum engagement.” This statement is a significant one since the 2017 Honda Civic Si was announced with a splendid short shifting 6-speed manual transmission this past November only. This also means that the si will also be ditching the CVT option as well. This also can be taken as an indirect confirmation of Honda’s intent to keep the purist’s car alive.
On the engine front the 2018 Civic Type-R, which looks it was designed by the god of speed in anger, will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. The current Type-R’s turbocharged petrol unit can produce as much as 306bhp while the next-gen car is expected to let at least 340 very angry and fast horses on unleash.
The all-new Honda Civic Type-R will be made available in the FWD architecture unlike its main rival, the VW Golf R that gets all wheel drive. The 2018 Honda Civic Type-R will be manufactured exclusively Honda’s Swindon facility in the UK and is expected to go on sale likely towards the second half of the year.