The K20C1 will still produce 306 horsepower.
An optional automatic transmission is a possibility.
The new Type R will launch this summer.
We’re on the fence about the direction the next-generation FL Honda Civic Type R is taking. The most upsetting aspect is that a 6-speed automatic transmission might be offered as an option. Might the new Type R go soft?
To an extent, we’re fine with the anticipated power freeze. The K20C1 turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine develops a commendable 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. In the hot-compact car segment, the FK8 Type R was one of the more powerful and will continue to be as long as the next Subaru WRX STI isn’t delivered with 340 or more horsepower.
Speaking of the WRX, when the CVT was added to its list of options a few years back, sales grew considerably. It is possible that Honda’s looking to sell a few more Type Rs this time around as a 6-speed automatic transmission (why not the Accord’s 10A?) with paddle shifters might be available as an option.
The fact that the new 11th generation Civic is far more refined than the 10th, we can easily imagine that an automatic Civic Type R will be a better fit for many potential buyers. According to bestcarweb, Honda wants to “increase new customers, mainly the Millenia generation (generation born between 1980 and 1995)”, many of which are not interested or know how to drive manual.
The new 2023 Honda Civic Type R will launch this summer, and we can’t wait.