More Honda Civic Type R variants coming

More Honda Civic Type R variants coming

Our world exclusive video twin test of the new Honda Civic Type R with the Ford Focus RS is now grabbing all the headlines: Honda's new hot hatch hero is a red-hot stormer, as our man Alex explained in his video first drive of the turbocharged charger. In doing so, Honda is following the playbook of brands such as Porsche and Chevy's performance arm that have become masters at using countless iterations and special editions of a single model to juice sales.

Honda hasn't revealed any information about an automatic version of the Type R, but with the growing popularity of self-shifters - even among performance vehicle buyers - the potential for Honda to add an auto version is a strong possiblity.

There are several options, with the most obvious one being a more powerful and hardcore version, but Honda is also considering a more toned-down version.

And yet, Automotive News reports that a more hardcore version of the Civic Type R is already in the works. Automotive News notes that most of the Type R's rivals-the Subaru WRX, Ford Focus RS, and Volkswagen Golf R-all offer all-wheel drive as standard.

The vehicle has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's largely the same as in the previous Type R; it makes 306 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. The Dyno Center in Puerto Rico recently strapped the front-wheel-drive hot hatch to the dyno to do some stock pulls and the numbers are astounding: the 2017 Civic Type R laid down 295 the wheels. Dyno runs don't lie, and the 2017 Civic Type R might be seriously underrated from the factory. It also features an adaptive suspension, limited-slip differential and Brembo brakes at the front.

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