It was all very exciting. The world of continuously variable transmissions was poised to grant entry to a new star — the snarling, winged and not-yet-born Honda Civic Type R.
Hot hatch aficionados who loathe the three-pedal life rejoiced, while most others recoiled. Well, rest easy, stick fans. Thanks to some very confusing wording in a report originating from England — where the Type R is taking shape — the wrong information got across.
No, there won’t be a CVT in the upcoming Type R.
When the model bows, expect a sole transmission offering — a six-speed manual. All’s right with the with the world, you’re thinking, unless of course you were holding out for a dual-clutch gearbox. No luck on that front, sorry.
Representatives from Honda have confirmed that the Type R, expected to appear at the Geneva Motor Show, will contain no automated transmission choice. If you’re looking for a hotter Honda with a CVT, cross your fingers and hope that the upcoming Civic Si — which goes on sale this spring — carries the option. That model makes do with a ballsier version of Honda’s 1.5-liter turbo.
While horsepower figures for both the Si and Type R haven’t been released, the rumor mill claims around 220 hp for the lesser Civic and up to 340 hp in the Type R.