What’s better than a 2017 Honda Civic Type R? A version with even more horsepower!
Honda’s latest hot hatch is on sale for the very first time in North America and this 2.0-liter turbocharged bundle of joy will put a smile on its fans faces with 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. On the dyno, this front-wheel drive car delivered an impressive 295 wheel horsepower with very little power lost between the engine and its wheels.
In order to maintain Type R sales momentum once all the enthusiasts has gotten their hands on one, Honda is already considering additional versions of the hot hatch in an effort to increase the model’s appeal.
“We’re hoping that by gradually putting out more [variants] that we’ll be able to maintain a more stable sales volume,” Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer for the Civic model range, told Automotive News.
At the very top of their Type R list is an even more powerful and sporty variant, though no specific powertrain has been mentioned. Sitting under it could be a toned-down grand touring version and possibly an all-wheel-drive model as well, putting it in direct competition with awd standard rivals like the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford’s Focus RS.
Perhaps we’ll hear more of this after most of the Type R orders have been filled.