After rumors that Honda may offer the hot Civic Type-R with a CVT automatic, the company has confirmed quite the contrary. In speaking with enthusiast website Temple of VTec Honda has confirmed the Civic Type-R will only be offered with a shift-it-yourself gearbox.
Of course, Honda avoided going into great detail on the new Type-R beyond the transmission. What we do know is that it will look very similar to the Type-R prototype that has been running the auto show circuit as of late. We also expect it to be powered by a hotter version of Honda’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with around 320 horsepower, but final output has not been finalized just yet.
The production Civic Type-R is expected be revealed on the auto show circuit this year in time to be on the market for the 2018 model year.