Honda could come out with a civic Type S to sit alongside the upcoming Type R.
We’re not sure if the Type S variant will be sold exclusively in Europe but, what we have found out form AutoExpress is that a warm hatch will be the first vehicle from Honda to feature an engine from their new line of turbocharged 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrol power plants. A variation of the new turbo 1.5-litre engine is the more likely candidate for the new model.
No final decision has been made yet but Honda UK’s boss, Phillip Crossman, previously spoke with the publication and told them that he wants to “compete with rivals who have a number of power outputs from one engine size, before we think about introducing new niche models.”
Right now, the U.S. has a version of the Civic with 174hp (172bhp) and it’ll get you from 0-60mph in 8.2 seconds but, Honda can do better. The guys at AutoExpress were able to test drive a 203hp (201bhp) version of the engine in Japan so tuning for more power is possible and it was mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. This variant of the 1.5-litre turbo engine could make its way into the Civic Type S.
Maybe Honda will reveal their final decision at the Paris Motor Show in October since they’re already debuting the civic Hatchback there.