So, the CVT Honda Civic Type R Isn't Happening

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
so the cvt honda civic type r isn t happening

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.

[Image: Honda]

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  • VW4motion VW4motion on Jan 06, 2017

    Why not add in a CVT. This Type r civic looks like a clown car. I seriously think anyone over the age of 23 will feel embarrassed to drive this car.

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    • Toxicroach Toxicroach on Jan 07, 2017

      The whole sporty civic thing has always been chasing a demo that I just don't get. I thought the Civic SI was a limp noodle, and at $30000 for the Type R I feel like there's a plethora of more interesting options that don't make it look like I'm trying to impressive all the chicks at the anime con. But what do I know?

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Jan 07, 2017

    Can't handle the torque. Nissan de-tuned their AWD Oppama Juke Nismo with CVT. Verses the Sunderland front drive manual And we're only talking early 200's here...

  • White Shadow White Shadow on Jan 07, 2017

    Damn is that an ugly car.

  • RHD RHD on Jan 08, 2017

    The manual transmission is encouraging. But the rear spoiler looks like it was inspired by the back legs of a grasshopper.